The Palace of Forestry, Fish and Game was situated on
Olympic Way. E. L. Masqueray designed the most nondescript
4.1 acre Palace which spanned a `small,' 300 x 600 feet and
only cost 171,000 dollars. Outside, a ten acre area was set aside to
showcase forest management and planting timber for a profit.
Outside, there were four 20 x 60 foot ponds, as well as caged-off ponds for water birds. West of that area was a 40 foot diameter salt water basin.
Though most of the Forestry exhibits were displayed and demonstrated outdoors, one of the the Palace's predominant displays was by the United States Bureau of Forestry (at its west end). Brazil exhibited a large variety of trees and woods including 83 types of bark. Rubber trees and giant emperor moths also graced their exhibit. You could see 20 foot long snake skins to canning techniques to preserve fish. Taxidermy exhibits were quite numerous.
Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas headed the domestic exhibits of fine woods.
Canada showed a variety of game from their country including eight live beavers.
Outside the Palace, Missouri used a three acre area to showcase an artificial lake complete with fish and water birds. In penned enclosures at the lakes shores were house specimens that included: otters, beavers, raccoon, mink, swans, grouse, quail, and other native animals. Fishing contests upon the lakes platform were held. A testing area for firearms and a large gun display completed the home state's showcase.
On the east end of the palace, was a 190 by 35 foot area that housed two rows of aquariums. States, including prominent the fishing states of Alaska, Missouri and Pennsylvania showed my types of native fish. In the nave of the building, there were two pools that displayed live beaver in a natural surrounds as well as a central pool, 40 foot in diameter that housed marine fishes.
Fish hatcheries from the state of Washington included 20,000 steelhead trout.
Both Montana and Colorado displayed large collections of stuffed
Japan showed a life-sized silk screen painting of two Bengal tigers
walking in the snow. This won a gold medal display award.
Every class of of the Forestry and Game department was fully
covered by domestic as well as foreign displays.
There was a huge historical weapons exhibit at the western end
of the palace. The collection included: blunderbusses, flintlocks
and bow guns, to state of the art breach-loading army rifles.
The highlight of the exhibit was a 400 year old Cookson gun
inlaid with silver and gems. The collection was valued at 50,000