A Moment in Oregon’s History: May 1905

Groundbreaking ceremony at the Expo

Groundbreaking ceremony at the Fair

A group of Portland’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens decided to attract attention to their city by having an international fair, with the theme built around the 1905 centennial anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Forestry Building Exterior

Forestry Building Exterior

Funding was acquired from federal and state governments, as well as from local businesses and citizens.The extravaganza featured the largest log structure in the world, over one hundred thousand light bulbs outlining the many temporary buildings, and extensive exhibits on topics ranging from agriculture to technology. The Lewis and Clark Exposition was a huge success with attendance of more than three million visitors.

Rick Steber

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