HOW TO REACH THE FAIR GROUNDS.
Location of the Grounds.—The Fair Grounds are located about five miles from the west bank of the Mississippi river, or about four and one-half miles from the business section of the city.
Transportation to the Grounds.— (See map of the city.) The Fair Grounds are touched by transportation agencies from the city at eleven points. Two steam railroad terminals are close to the grounds. Nine electric street railway loop terminals, the lines of which serve all parts of the city for one fare, are located at the entrances. In addition, automobile and tally-ho coach lines, starting from the hotel section of the city, carry passengers to stations outside and inside the grounds. These transportation lines in detail are as follows:
Steam Railroads.—The Wabash Railroad has a fine terminal station at the main entrance to the Fair Grounds. Here thirty-two stub tracks, on which shuttle trains between the Fair Grounds and Union Station are operated, have been installed. Other steam railroads have made arrangements to use this terminal. The southern side of the grounds is reached by the Taylor City Belt Railroad, a corporation which serves the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad and the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
Street Railways.—The street railways of St. Louis are operated by two corporations, the Transit Company and the St. Louis & Suburban Railway Company. The former touches the Fair Grounds at six entrances, the latter at three entrances. Each system has its own transfers, but transfers are not interchangeable between the lines of the two companies. Passengers may reach the Fair Grounds for a single fare from any portion of the city. N. and S. bound car lines cross E. and W. bound lines (leading to the Fair) at more than a dozen different points. Transfers are issued by conductors of the Transit system at the request of passengers at the time the fare is paid and not afterwards. Conductors on the Suburban system offer transfers to all passengers when approaching transfer points.
St. Louis street cars carry large lettered signs on the roof to indicate the line or street over which they travel. They carry other signs in the windows, front and back, and on the dashboards to indicate the route or destination or both.
One fare of five cents pays for a passage to the city limits from any point in the city. Children under 12 years are carried for half fare; under 5, free; the conductor issues a half-fare ticket as change for five cents when a child's fare is paid.
St. Louis Transit System Lines.—All electric cars of the St. Louis Transit System going to the World's Fair Grounds carry blue enamel signs on the dashboard with the words, "Direct to the World's Fair Grounds."
Olive St. Line.—The most direct thoroughfare to the Exposition is Olive street. Three lines of the St. Louis Transit System of electric cars traverse this street W. from Broadway to the Lindell entrance, through the best residence district. These cars carry the word "Olive" on the roof.
World's Fair cars traverse Olive street W. to Walton Av., thence S. to McPherson Av., thence W. to Union Bl., thence S. to DeGiverville Av., stopping on the B. loop near Lindell entrance. They return via the same route to Broadway.
Olive St. cars carrying the sign "Maryland," turn S. at Boyle Av., thence W. on Maryland Av. to Euclid Av., N. on Euclid to McPherson Av., W. on McPherson to Union Bl., thence S. to DeGivervllle Av. and W. to the E. loop at Lindell entrance. They return via the same route to Broadway.
Olive St. cars carrying the sign "Through," turn N. from Olive St. at Taylor Av., and thence W. on Delmar Bl., transferring passengers at De Baliviere Av., to World's Fair cars (main entrance); W. from De' Baliviere Av. to Hamilton Av., transferring to World's Fair cars (Pike and Administration Entrances), thence N. to Easton Av. These cars, if carrying a sign "Delmar Garden," proceed W. on Delmar from De Baliviere Av. to Delmar Garden and Delmar Race Track.
Delmar Av. Line.—This line begins on Washington Av., passes W. through the business district from Eads Bridge, and terminates at Lindell Entrance. The cars turn N. from Lucas Av. on Grand Av. to Finney Av., W. to Taylor Av., S. to Delmar Bl., W. to De Baliviere Av., where they take the W. loop at Lindell Entrance. They return via practically the same route.
Page Av. Line.—The Page Av. cars traverse Washington Av. from Eads Bridge to Grand Av., thence they turn N. to Finney Av., W. to Taylor Av., N. to Page Av., thence W. to Hamilton Av., thence S. to The Pike and Administration Entrances; returning via the same route.
Easton Av. Line.—Cars with the large sign "Easton" on the roof, go W. from Broadway on Franklin Av. and Easton Av. to Hamilton Av., thence S. on Hamilton Av. and across a private right of way to The Pike Entrance.
(The three loops at the N. side of the Exposition grounds at Lindell, Pike and Administration Entrances are connected by an emergency line running E. and W. along the border of The Pike, and on occasion the cars may be interchanged from one of these roads to the other.)
South Side Terminals.—On the S. border of the World's Fair Grounds there are two loops of the St. Louis Transit System, viz.: at the State Buildings Entrance and Agriculture Entrance. Three lines of cars take these loops: Laclede, Market and Taylor. These alternate between the two loops according to conditions, but their designation is indicated by a white sign with black letters naming the entrance at which they stop.
Laclede Av. Line.—Cars bearing the word "Laclede" in large letters on the roof traverse Market St. W. from Fourth St., passing Union Station and proceeding via Laclede Av. to Euclid Av., thence S. to (Jhouteau Av., where they proceed by a private right of way to the loop at the State Buildings Entrance or the Agriculture Entrance; returning via the same route.
Taylor Av. Line.—Cars bearing the words "Taylor Av." in large letters on the roof, cross the city N. and S. on Euclid, Taylor and N. Newstead Avs. At Euclid and Chouteau Avs. they turn into a private right of way through Forest Park and proceed to the loops at the State Buildings Entrance or the Agriculture Entrance; returning via the same route.
Market St. Line.—Cars bearing the word "Market" in large letters on the roof, proceed from Fourth St. W. along Market St., passing Union Station, out Old Manchester Av. to Chouteau Av., and out Chouteau Av. W. to the loops at the State Buildings Entrance and Agriculture Entrance; returning via the same route.
From Union Station.—From Union Station, passengers may reach the Fair Grounds, either by taking the Laclede or Market St. lines, or by taking the Eighteenth St. line (going N.) and transferring to Olive St, Washington Av., or Franklin Av., (going W.)
Suburban System.—The St. Louis & Suburban (main line) electric cars, carrying sign on dashboard marked "World's Fair, Main Entrance," move from the business section W. on Locust St. to 13th St., N. on 13th and 14th Sts. to Wash St., continuing W. via Wash St., Franklin Av. and Morgan St., by a private right of way and Fairmount Av. to Union Bl., thence S. on Union Boulevard to Forest Park, pass under the Wabash Railroad tracks and West and follow the north edge of Forest Park to a loop opposite the Lindell Entrance S. of the Wabash Terminal Station.
Other Suburban main line cars, carrying dashboard sign marked "World's Fair, Skinker Entrance," over this same route pass W. from Union Bl. to DeHodiamont, thence W. and S. over a private right of way to Convention and Administration Entrances.
Transportation Facilities as estimated by experts connected with the Exposition Company, are as follows: The railroad and street car lines combined are able to handle 80,000 passengers to and from the Exposition grounds per hour. Street railroad schedules provide for an hourly traffic of 40,000 passengers.
ENTRANCES TO THE GROUNDS.
The visitor should carefully study the excellent map of the grounds, to be found at the front of the Official Guide, in order to familiarize himself with the location of the various street car termini, entrances, buildings, etc. .
Entrances.—There are thirteen entrances to the grounds, serving not only the city of St. Louis, which is located to the E.. of the grounds, but the county of St. Louis, which is located to the W. of the grounds. The city limits pass through the Fair Grounds. The B. half of the Palace of Agriculture is In the city of St. Louis, the W. half in the county of St. Louis.
Main Entrance.—The main entrance to the Exposition is at the N.-B. corner of the Fair Grounds. "The Main Picture" of the Exposition points to this entrance and the main central avenue leads toward it. Two entrances are located at this point, one of which leads to The Pike or street of concessions, the other to the exhibit palaces in the main picture. The great railroad terminal of the Wabash is located here and two Transit Company loops and one Suburban Company loop serve this entrance. In front of the gates of the Exposition a wide plaza designed for discharging passengers, is located.
Subsidiary Entrances.—The other entrances to the Exposition, enumerating them in order of their location, are as follows: The Pike (Hamilton Av.) Entrance leads into The Pike, or street of concessions, and is served by a Transit Company loop; Administration Entrance, located at Skinker Road (University Boulevard), is one of the principal subsidiary gateways. It supplies access directly to the pavilions of the foreign nations, the W. end of The Pike, or street of concessions, and the Administration group of permanent buildings. It is served by both the St. Louis Transit Company and the St. Louis and Suburban Railway; Convention Entrance, served by the Suburban line, is designed for the admission to the Hall of Congresses without the payment of admission fees of delegates to Conventions and Congresses. If these, delegates desire to enter the Fair Grounds from the Convention Hall, a fee is collected; First County Entrance is located close to the Physical Culture arena, where the Olympic games will be held. It is designed principally as a vehicle entrance; Second County Entrance is located some distance S. of the first, and is also a vehicle entrance; Agriculture Entrance, located at Skinker Road (University Boulevard), admits from the S. and serves the live stock barns, the dairy barns, the camping grounds, the Palace of Horticulture and the Palace of Agriculture. It is reached by the St. Louis Transit Company; South Railroad Entrance is served by the Taylor City Belt Steam Railroad, supplying access for the St. Louis & San Francisco and the Missouri Pacific railroads; Cheltenham Entrance is located at Tamm avenue, and is served by the Transit Company; State Buildings Entrance is one of the principal of the subsidiary entrances; it Is located at the S.-E. corner of the grounds, is served by the Transit Company, and supplies access to the Plateau of States, on which the greater part of the State buildings are located; Government Building Entrance is reached only by vehicles or on foot, and serves directly the United States Government building; Parade Entrance is located some distance N. of the Government Building Entrance; it opens on Forest Park, and is used by the line of automobile tally-ho coaches and vehicles which enter the grounds. Parades enter the Exposition grounds by this gate.