Assigned to Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis in 1853 (ten years after graduating West Point), 
Ulysses Simpson Grant, returned to civilian life in St. Louis and built a log cabin on a few acres,
naming it- `Hardscrabble.’  The name  meant yielding a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty.
Grant only lived in the cabin  for  three months.

After gaining  victory over the South in the Civil War, he served  two terms as President of the
United States ((1869-1877),  His biggest accomplishment was signing the bill creating
Yellowstone National Park).  Failing for a third term, he retired in New York. Due  to poor investments, Grant was broke when he left the White House.  Inking a deal to publish his memoirs, and five days after finishing his manuscript he died (it earned the family 450,000 dollars).  In his final months, Grant was on cocaine during the days and morphine at nights. He and his wife is buried in Central Park, New York City, his tomb, at 150 feet tall, is the largest mausoleum in North America.

Located east of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Grant's Cabin exhibition  was not a replica but the real `Hardscrabble,' log cabin home that  Grant live in  from  St. Louis. The structure was  dismantled log by log  and relocated at the  1904 Fair. Inside, visitors could see original furniture, and attend lectures on the life of the man (on occasion  spoken by Grant's son- who was also a General). The attraction was sponsored by Blanke Coffee Company,  which sold coffee inside the cabin.

Adolphus Busch (of Budweiser fame), purchased the cabin after the Fair’s closing and
moved it to St. Louis county where it can be viewed today.
Exhibit Statictics:

Building cost:
Price of Admission-   free

Exhibition Profit-       24,157.32  dollars

Lee  Gaskins'  AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair 
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