The Magic Whirlpool was a classic dark water ride created by  Edward M. Bayliss, a noted showman.

The buildings exterior featured a massive arch that led to an  80 foot  circular  cascade. A thirty foot waterfall greeted visitors  as they entered into boats that floated on a shallow pool, led  safely by a centered channel. As they descended around a  60 foot waterfall, their boats took six trips  around the waterfall before approaching an `Enchanted Lake.”  Suddenly, they would enter  into tunnels and chambers, complete with tropical gardens, special  effects, and various artwork and illusions. The boats encircled twice around the base of the waterfall before exiting the 500 foot trip.  Upon getting off, the riders could enter a café for refreshments.

Three powerful centifygal pumps were employed to move  49,000 gallons of water per minute, which  flowed  through the Magic Whirlpool and came from the Mississippi River, seventeen miles  away. 

Five high power motors provided energy for the water pumps.

2,700 feet of railroad track and 2,300 feet of water canal was used in its construction. The ride contained 500 feet of rapids.

The  electric current  alone cost  28,000 dollars for the seven month period  of  the  Fair.
Exhibit Statictics:

Building cost:   90,000 dollars
Electricity cost:  28,000  dollars
Price of Admission-  15 cents adults, 10 cents children
Exhibition Profit-   55,718.53 dollars
The Pike.  The Magic Whirlpool is on the left.
Lee  Gaskins'  MEET ME AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair 
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