by Brian Zylstra | June 29th, 2012
The third and final “State Library jewel” for June takes a look back at the 1974 Spokane World’s Fair. Actually, it takes a look down at the fair. It’s an aerial photo of the World’s Fair during its four-month run in the Lilac City.
Expo ’74 opened May 4 and closed Nov. 3 that year. More than 5 million people passed through the gates that year. In addition to the tourist impact, Expo ’74 had a profound effect on the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Spokane. Much of the fairgrounds was turned into the popular Riverpoint Park.
The first two Library jewels for June were 1) celestial and terrestrial globes from 1850, and 2) the first State Library catalog. Make sure to take part in an online poll early next week to pick your favorite jewel for June!