Montana's entry was placed towards the northwestern part of the Plateau of States. The 124 by 90 foot, building emphasized the strength and grandeur of the state with modified Doric architecture.
The interior was arranged for comfort, and on hot days, one could open up the entire building on warm days. The exterior wall were wood covered grooved sheathing, then ivory-white stucco. The cost of the building was 20,000 dollars. It took 7,000 dollars to maintain, out of that sum, one thousand was used from entertainment.
Inside, the main reception hall showcased the 36 foot
high domed ceiling.
One of the prominent features in the interior of the
building was the 8 x 12 foot mural by Paxton of the
Custer Massacre at Little Big Horn. An onyx mantle
from Montana was also greatly admired. The state
shield, in gold, copper, silver, and Montana
sapphires, was one of the most interesting features
of the interior decorations.
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Lee Gaskins' AT THE FAIR The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
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There were drinking fountain available to the public.
Montana palace exhibits occupied the Palaces of:
Mines and Metallurgy (gold nuggets valued at
40,000 dollars and copper), Agriculture, Education,
Horticulture, and Forestry, Fish and Game.
In the Mines Palace, the grand prize was awarded to Montana.
In the Palace of Agriculture, the state received 209 medals.
Above, the Gold-Heel Girls from Montana. Chaparoned by J. M. White, these 32 girls representated every county in the state. Fair president Francis is also pictured.
A section of Montana's display at the Palace of Forestry, Fish and Game.