Frank Lloyd  Wright:  was  born on  June 8, 1867; he was  recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time." An American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, the egotistical designer  completed more than 500  works. Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture, and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House). His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, sky scrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. He died on April 9, 1959). Wright took in the Romanesque artchitecture of the 1904 (and 1893), World's Fairs and embraced the modern German look, veering well away  from the Fair Victorian and NeoClassical offerings.

Geronimo:     was  the most famous Indian warrior and Chief in  history.  Geronimo lived in the Apache Village at the Fair for several months.  For 10 cents, visitors could have his autograph and for 50 cents to 2 dollars, visitors could have their picture taken with him.

He also participated in a U. S. Department of Interior Indian anthropological exhibit.

Though alleged  to have taken about 100 scalps of white people (as well as Mexicans),  it would have ben more safe to say that Geronimo killed for the most part in  self-defense.

At the 1904  Fair, even at an old age,  the Great Chief was under guard and very much a prisoner after being  captured at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona in 1886. Though a prisoner of war, he was  treated  with respect  and made  frequent appearances in Cummins Wild West Show on the Pike and at Col. Zach Mulhall’s Wild West Show at the Delmar Race Track.
See the Geronimo  page on in this web site for  more information on this  remarkable man.

Kate Chopin:  A feminist writer, she  visited the Fair on a hot  August day.  Chopin collapsed at the Fair and died two days later on August 22, of a cerebral hemorrhage.

William Howard  Taft:   was the  Secretary of War at the time of the 1904 Louisiana Exposition. He  spoke at the opening ceremonies to the  Fair.

In 1909, Taft became the  twenty-seventh President of the United  States and was  a  leader of the progressive conservative wing of the  Republican Party and a staunch advocate of world peace.

William H. Taft remains the only U.S. President to finish third in a  bid for reelection to a second consecutive term.

John Phillip Sousa:  was born in Washington D.C., the  American composer was a conductor of the late Romantic era known particularly for American military marches.  he was known as the-  "The March King."

Sousa led the opening day's musical festivities
with a  band of a hundred strong.

T.S. Elliot:  A sixteen year-old Thomas Stearns Elliot  attended the  the Fair (ticket S1313). His father gave him a 50  admissions season's pass/coupon booklet for the Fair (valued at 12.50 dollars). Eliot used all of them up, save one.  Eliot became a  poet, dramatist, and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. He wrote the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four Quartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party. Born in the United States, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 at the age of 25.

Walt Disney:   It has been said (but there is no 100% documentation), that Elias and Flora Disney took their three-year old son Walter   to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.  Perhaps this visit stimulated his future love of theme parks, grandiose ideas and the  creative.  Incidentally,  Walt's father had a hand in  building the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Walt Disney  created Mickey  Mouse and built  a billion  dollar entertainment industry.  

Amelia Earhart:  at the age of six visited the 1904 World's Fair  with  her family. She  was not allowed  to  ride the rollercoaster at the Fair, (because it was "too dangerous for little girls,), so the   Kansas  girl nicknamed  Meely and her younger sister called Pidge  built one in their  backyard.  Enlisting the help  of a neighbor boy, they  started the ride from an eight-foot
high  tool shed roof.  A wooden packing box was transformed into a car, the  track was covered in lard to decrease friction. Tipping over at  the  edge,  Amelia claimed it was `just like flying.'

Earhart learned to fly planes in the early 1920's and gained national  prominence in 1928 for being the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, she  disappeared during an `around the world,'  flight. Amelia  was a strong  advocate for the equality of female  pilots.

Max Weber:  was a German political economist and sociologist who was considered one of the founders of the modern study of sociology and public administration. Max visited the United States and participated in the Congress of Arts and Sciences held in connection with the 1904 Exposition, where he lectured on "The Relations of the Rural Community to Other Branches of the Social Sciences."

Max Factor:  Born Max Faktor in Lodz, Poland during the 1870s, Max Factor is often called the father of modern makeup. In 1914, Max Factor created a makeup specifically for movie-actors that, unlike theatrical makeup, would not crack or cake. In 1904, Max Factor and his family moved to the United States,  where immigration  officials  at  Ellis  Island  gave  him the  namd Max Factor.  At the 1904 World's Fair, he sold  his rouges and creams.

Alexander Graham Bell:  Born on March 3, 1847, Bell was  an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell considered
                                                      his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a
                                                      scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.
                                                      Though there isn't  concrete  documentation, it seems  that
                                                      the famous  inventor was there.  After  the  telephone, Bell
                                                      concentrated his  efforts  on  flight and experimented with
                                                       tetrahedral box kites and wings constructed of multiple
                                                       compound tetrahedral kites covered in silk.

Etta Place: Born 1878, was a companion of the famous American outlaws
Butch Cassidy  and the Sundance Kid (real  names Robert LeRoy Parker and
Harry Alonzo Longabaugh). The Pinkerton Detective Agency traced her to  Fort
Worth in Texas and to the St. Louis World Fair, but failed to arrest them before
she   returned to Argentina. Reportedly, the Sundance Kid  and Etta   were
married in Dec.  1900. She ran from the law  with her husband for the  next
five years, until the trail  turned cold and Butch fled to Argentina  alone.
Etta Place might have  been a woman  named- Eunice Gray who operated a
bordello  and died in 1962. Regardless, her life after The Sundance Kid  is
still a  mystery.

Sundance  Kid:   whose real  name was  Harry Alonzo Longabaugh,  was born in  Mont Clare, Pennsylvania (1867),  was a famous outlaw and member of Butch  Cassidy's Wild Bunch, in the American Old West. "Wanted dead or alive" posters  were posted throughout the country, with as much as a 30,000 dollars reward  for information leading to Butch and/or Sundance's capture or death. According  to  the October 24, 1904 Pinkerton Detective Agency records, Sundance and Etta  Place  returned to Fort Worth and then  took in  the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
Agents are unable to catch up with the fugitive pair and it is believed they returned  to South America soon after. Legend has it  that he and Butch Cassidy were killed  in a shootout with Bolivian cavalry in 1908.

Lee  Gaskins'   AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair 
                   Web  Design and Art/Illustration   copyrighted  2008
Many foreign dignitaries and celebrities (or future celebrities),  visited the 1904 World's Fair. here are a few famous people that  either performers or visited the Fair. This list is by no means a  complete  list. if anyone would like to  add some other known  fairgoers, please send me some information  and I will add and credit you. The people  are listed in order  that  I  either  discovered them  or found  a picture of  them.
Kate Chopin

Amelia Earhart, 1927
Harry  Longabaugh
Frank  Lloyd  Wright
William  Howard  Taft
John  Phillip  Sousa
T.S. Elliot
Walt  Disney
Max  Weber
Max  Factor
Alexander  Graham  Bell
Etta  Place
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