Louisville's Southern Exposition, 1883-1887: The City of Progress

Louisville's Southern Exposition, 1883-1887: The City of Progress

by Bryan S. Bush


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Throughout much of the 1880s, the Southern Exposition showcased the largest-ever single display of agricultural machinery and technical innovation in the United States. With over 1,500 commercial and mercantile attractions—the likes of which the world had never seen—history was made and innovation discovered in Louisville's Central Park. Some of the most influential figures of the time participated, including Henry Watterson, Merriwether Lewis Clark Jr., A. Bidermann DuPont and President Chester A. Arthur. Former Louisville resident Thomas Edison personally oversaw the installation of his newly invented incandescent light bulb that lit a record-breaking 4,600 lamps. Author and Louisville historian Bryan S. Bush offers an unprecedented perspective on this fascinating historic event.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609491437
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,260,774
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Bryan Bush was born in 1966 in Louisville, Kentucky, and has been a native of that city ever since. He has been a member of many different Civil War historical preservation societies; consulted for movie companies and other authors; coordinated with other museums on displays of various museum articles and artifacts; written for magazines, such as Kentucky Civil War Magazine, North/South Trader and Back Home in Kentucky; and worked for many different historical sites. Bush has been a Civil War reenactor for fourteen years, portraying an artillerist. For five years, Bush was on the board of directors and curator for the Old Bardstown Civil War Museum and Village: The Battles of the Western Theater Museum in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Preface: Southern Exposition: 1883-1887 9

1 The History of Expositions and Fairs in the United States and Louisville 11

2 The Idea and Building of the Southern Exposition 19

3 The Opening of the Southern Exposition: A President Comes to Visit 31

4 The Southern Exposition Puts on a Military Show 51

5 The Southern Exposition Becomes a World's Fair 83

6 Dinosaurs Come to the Exposition 99

7 The End of the Show 109

8 The Southern Exposition Legacy 113

Notes 117

Sources 123

Index 125

About the Author 127

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