Incredible Structures in the U.S. Built for World’s Fairs
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On May 1, 1851, the first world’s fair, the Great Exhibition of 1851, opened in London. The landmark building constructed to host the event was called the Crystal Palace, a 990,000-square-foot exhibition hall built of iron rods and panels of glass. About 14,000 exhibitors had a table in the Crystal Palace, showcasing items such as false teeth, tobacco, and cotton spinning machines. The original building was moved after the fair and ultimately came down by fire in 1936, but many other structures remain from the more than 100 world’s fairs that have been held in more than 20 countries since the mid-19th century. Check out these seven fascinating structures in the U.S. from past world’s fairs.