Oddly  one of the most profitable attractions  for their overall costs was
the Hereafter exhibit;  that enticed  people's  curiosity of what's was beyond
life.  Essentially, this was   a classic dark ride.

A barker would speak in a ominous voice to draw the crowds into the attraction. "Hereafter in progress... something you have never saw before- Hereafter!"

A huge mirrored archway greeter visitors as they were guided them into Hades through a 40 foot gallery of mirrors. Sounds of screaming and moaning from the undead echoed through the gloom.

The attraction was divided into two sections.  Hell, (or Hades), inspired by Dante's Inferno, and of course Heaven.

After the mirrors, visitors found themselves in a large room named- Cafe' of the Dead.  The tables were made out of coffins,  the chandeliers- out of human bones.  A startling  rear-projection illusion was created  so that one  patron could not  pick up his plates and utensils. With no beer at the table, an angry waiter approached, desiring to hit the patron over the head with a bottle. Right before striking  the man's head, the  waiter and table disappeared. It was all an illusion.

After a simulated  elevator ride downwards filled with howls and groans, the spectators found themselves in the bowels of Hell.  Aboard  Charon's  boat,  they floated on the River
of Death, underneath sharp stalactites. Once in a  while a skeleton would drop down on the unexpected.

Guides recited all of the punishments  of Hades as they wereillustrated from  Dante's Inferno.  Many of the scenes showcased grim but bloodless torture. A man who was sticking  his nose into other people's affair was sentenced to have his nose clamped in a  vise, as he cried out his
errors in life.  Another depicted a  successful robber with a bagful of loot,  could not spend it in hell.
Many moral-plays ensued depicting the guilty getting their comeuppance.

As the boats entered  Satan's throne-room a skeleton jumped out at  someone. Just like the works of Dante, illustrated by Gustave Dore'  Satan was  viewed among the writhing and damned sufferers. Billows of smoke  erupted from the ground  as the Lord of Darkness threatened the boat riders.

After descending down a small water slide, the watercrafts  called through the beautiful and colorful  Daphne's Grove.

The finale of the ride was Paradise, which featured the birth of the Star of Bethlehem as well as passages and visuals from Milton's "Paradise Lost."  Angels ascending into heaven ended the attraction.
Supposedly, the final panoramic scene  shows the Star of Bethlehem, and the  "The Burst of Dawn,"  cost close to  10,000 dollars.

Exhibit Statictics:

Building cost: 25,000 dollars
Price of Admission-  25 cents adults, 15 cents children
Exhibition Profit-    116,301.81  dollars
The Hereafter  concession on the Pike
A Hereafter  ticket (not it's true tint)
Lee  Gaskins'   AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair 
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Partially repaired photo of exterior.