Lee Gaskins' AT THE FAIR The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
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The Cliff Dwellers, was a reproduction of the caves
of the Stone Age natives of the Southwestern United States. Built as a similar attraction to the Cliff Dwellers at the 1893 Exposition at Chicago,
the exhibit included twelve replicated structures
of a Pueblo village.
Visitors arrived at the summit of a rather scary incline via burro and gazed at live pueblo Indians of the stone age as well as waxed figures illustrating food gathering, tool-making, etc.
The attraction included a tunnel that patrons descended until they entered a theater (for an additional 25 cents adults 15 cents for children). There, native Indians would perform authentic dances of the Snake and Kachina as well as showcased and sold their artistry of basket weaving, weaving, pottery and silver-work.