PAN PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION SPOONS
SAN DIEGO -- 1915
The San Diego and San Francisco Panama Pacific International
Expositions were basically concurrent, but the San Diego version
was much smaller because San Diego was the
smallest city to ever host a worlds fair (about 40,000 population at
However, 3.7 million people visited the fair starting on Dec. 31, 1914
until it closed in 1916 (extended) including many famous names.
The major theme was "human progress" and San Diego touted itself as the
first American port after leaving the Panama Canal.
President Wilson inaugerated the red and white themed event which was
planted with thousands of exotic plants including 40,000 red
Most of the world fairs buildings of this era were made out of a
temporary building material (similar to paper mache) which was expected
to rapidly deteriorate in a few years.
At the conclusion of this fair, the city counsel voted money to convert
these buildings into permanent structures and they are still being used
as museums and can still be seen
at beautiful Balboa Park.
Goddess promoting San Diego as a port city
Entrance to Balboa Park
Main administration building, ruins of the San Diego mission and
Ramona's home (a tourist attraction)
The administration building is now the "museum of man"
Panama California Exposition 1915
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