The New York to the North Pole attraction was an eye
catching attraction that gave the illusion of trip to
the mostly unknown North Pole.
NEW YORK TO THE NOTH POLE
Building cost: 70,000 dollars
Price of Admission- 25 cents adults 15 cents children.
Exhibition Profit- 173,403.58
Lee Gaskins' AT THE FAIR The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
Web Design and Art/Illustration copyrighted 2008
The different photos and angles of the NY to the North Pole attraction. The right picture also showcases the Great Observation wheel seen from across the railroad train track.
A 200 x 50 foot full-sized replica
of the ocean liner- "Discoverer," in water was the starting point
for the proceedings. Visitors would board the Atlantic liner and
observe the daily life of an arctic adventurer. Inside, mechanisms
and moving artwork outside the portholes gave the illusion that
the vessel was at sea. Storms brought forth lifeboats and the
visitors were evacuated until it was `deemed safe,’ to return the
boat, where the entertainment continued. The showstopper was
Senor Cameroni hanging from his teeth 150 feet high, until he swung
down 2,142 feet to the ground.
New York to the North Pole attraction seen from main entrance.