Price of Admission- 50 cents adults, 25 cents children
Exhibition Profit- 347,747.20 dollars
Lee Gaskins' AT THE FAIR The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
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'Italy' from the revolving stage of the Creation attraction (photo courtesy of Mike Truax)
One of the most elaborate facades on any attraction along The Pike, was Creation. Created by Henry Roltair, a popular and successful dime museum illusionist, who replicated his famed Coney Island attraction. The ride began as a 1,000 foot backwards glide to begin the 1/2 mile gondola ride through the biblical story of Creation. After the boats landed, visitors were directed to another `cave' that displayed illusions of a living woman, cut in half, a talking black man set atop of a pitchfork.
Upon ascending a dark staircase, they entered the viewing platform of a vast cyclorama depicting Venice and Rome in the first century. Then a six-foot wide circular moving platform led patrons onto stationary boats which bobbed in the illusionary water as painted panoramas rotated.
Riders would then be moved to a grand amphitheater that seated approximately 400 spectators.
After soft thunder and various celestial backdrops, a booming voice spoke- "Let there be Light!" Choirs, lighting effects and artwork illustrated the beginning of the earth. Lightning booms from high above, a volcano erupts as rivers of lava pour down.
Each day of `Creation,' was dramatically illustrated with different painted backdrops, pyrotechnics, projections, and other marvelous effects.
After the final day, a calm ensues, forests and animal life appear (including dinosaurs), then audiences could make out an actor playing the part of Adam, lying on a bed of roses. After losing a rib, Eve can be seen. The exhibit closed with four angels standing at the head of three stairways in dramatic splendor. Flowers illuminate.
The entire Creation attraction took two hours to experience. The show was extremely popular as well as profitable.
The attraction was also called "Roltair's Creation"