October 30, 1893 was the last day of Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition, a great fair that celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the New World. Try answering these trivia questions about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair...
How Much Food Was Introduced at the Fair? Food, food, glorious food! The fair was an excellent place to be if you loved food. Not only were there curiosities, such as a sculpture of the Venus de Milo made from a whopping 1,500 pounds of chocolate (that's equal to over 15,000 full-size chocolate candy bars) and an 11-ton block of cheese (which is equivalent to five and a half Ford F-150 pickups), but several new products were displayed that quickly became favorites. Among them were Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix, Juicy Fruit Gum, Cracker Jack, Cream of Wheat and Shredded Wheat, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
Which Amusement Park Ride Was Built For The Chicago World's Fair? The first Ferris wheel was built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. This wheel was 264 feet high and had 36 cars, each of which could accommodate 40 people. The total Cost of the wheel was $300,000.00. From the top of the ride, passengers could see 50 miles. It took 20 minutes for the enormous wheel to make one complete turn. After the Chicago World’s Fair, the Ferris wheel was taken to the 1904 St. Louis Exposition.
What Surprising Technology Was Originally Introduced at the Fair? Would you believe that the first working prototype of a fax machine appeared at this fair? It wasn't called a fax (or facsimile) machine then; it was called the teleautograph. But the concept was the same. The machine would transmit, via wire, a picture of a message written by hand. It was successfully demonstrated at the fair, too. It was invented by Elisha Gray, though it didn't really catch on for general use back then.
What Invention Showcased at the Fair Arguably Had the Most Drastic Effect on Society?
It's difficult to narrow down which inventions really made a mark because so many of the exhibits became part of everyday life. But one does stand out: the gas-powered car. The car, the Daimler Quadricycle, wasn't given a lot of press at the fair. But both Charles Duryea and Henry Ford saw it, and they were inspired to create their own versions. Duryea's company became the first company to mass-produce gas-powered vehicles in the United States. Another admirer of the Daimler car was Henry Ford, who returned to Dearborn after the fair and built an internal-combustion quadricycle of his own. Just a few years later, he incorporated the Ford Motor Company.