The Pike was a wide  mile-long span of the Fair that  showcased  
all sorts of amusements and activities.

Though the major theme of the 1904  St. Louis World's Fair was 
one of education, the Pike's exhibits were a mixed bag of 
attractions- from the elaborate to the simple,  that focused on not
only informing the average fairgoer, but thrilling, scaring, 
and  humoring them with elaborate and sometimes 
eyebrow-raising amusements.

These rides, attractions and concessions were  more varied, elaborate and  costly (seven to eight million dollars),  than any previous Exposition.  Some called it a headquarters for fun and entertainment, while others labeled  it an over-elaborate carnival and a den of iniquity. 

The Pike wasn't actually  a broad street that ran a mile long, it did  turn south at the two ends, which created  wider entrances to handle the enormous evening mobs. It was designed with 10 different  styles of paving and a variety of street fixtures. 

The expression- `Coming down the Pike,'  originated from this area 
of the  Louisiana Purchase Exposition. 

Pike-goers could visit  Constantinople, Cairo or even the North Pole; while in the same day   take in a Paris fashion show,  visit Blarney Castle or the Tyrolean Alps.  One could experience the world's `Creation,' or `Hereafter,' or ride a burro or camel. Visitors could see elephants sliding down chutes,  witness an epic  naval battle or see forever atop the largest Observation Wheel ever built.  A reenactment of the Galveston Flood could be viewed, or  a visit to Jerusalem. 

Concessionaires and barkers, armed  with  megaphones  lined the Pike, competing
with blaring brass  bands for the fairgoer's  attention.  In the  evening,  with the palaces closing at dusk,  the Pike was alwayscrowded and attractions such as belly-dancing was quite popular.

 Frederick Remington's statue "Cowboys Off the Trail" (also entitled- "Cowboys Shooting Up A Western Town,"),   greeted fairgoers as they walked into the  Exposition's eastern  entrance. There they could witness over fifty  attractions. 

Plans were made to make  The Pike permanent after the  Exposition-  as well as adding a beach  and a stadium, but  Washington University cancelled them. 

Ancient Rome
Boer War
Chinese Village
Fair Japan
Great Siberian Railway
Irish Village
Moorish Palace
Mysterious Asia
Ostrich Farm
Streets of Cairo
Streets of Seville
Tyrolean Alps


Grant's Cabin 
Lincoln Museum
Miniature Railway

Visitors along The Pike. The Battle Abbey is on the right.
The Pike's  Temple of Mirth.
Lee  Gaskins'   AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair  
                     Web  Design and Art/Illustration   copyrighted  2008 
Another view of the Pike
The Pike's  Great Observation Wheel

Crowds promenading along "the Pike, " a wet, brick boulevard at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the buildings at left have signs: "Western Union Telegraph and Cable Office, " "Indian Congressional..." Some of the buildings at right are topped by flags, and one bears a sign for "Café." Small signs outside the white building in the lower right of the photo read, "To toilets for women" and "Baby incubators."

Please click on Pike Attractions (to your left),  to see exhibits buildings and map below.

Baby Incubators
Battle Abbey
Boynton's Naval Exhibit
Cliff Dwellers
Cummins' Wild West Show
Deep Sea Divers
Esquimau  Village
Galveston Flood
Glass Weavers
Hagenbeck's Zoological Paradise
Hale's Fire Fighters
Hunting in the Ozarks
Jim Key
Moving Pictures
Old Plantation
Old St. Louis
Palais du Costume
Temple of Palmistry


Magic Whirlpool
New York to the North Pole
Observation Wheel 
Scenic Railway
Shoot the Chutes
Temple of Mirth
Under and Over the Sea

Larger version of map on Maps page.
By August 1905, the only building left on the Pike was a ticket booth made of wood and wire.