In many ways, the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, more popularly known as the Chicago World's Fair, symbolized the American people's belief that today's glory and tomorrow's future rested with them, their country, and their democracy. A six-month extravaganza of education, entertainment, and amazement, it sparkled in the daytime and emerged at night, seductive and enchanting.
The Fair aroused patriotism, pride, and a sense of achievement in almost all Americans, yet 1893 proved a troubling year for the United States, and for the young state of Colorado in particular. The repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act created labor tension in the Colorado mines and contributed to a devastating national depression that would have a lingering impact on Colorado for years. In this heavily illustrated text, the authors trace the glory of the World's Fair and the impact it would have on Colorado, where Gilded Age excess clashed with the enthusiasm of westward expansion.
Duane A. Smith is professor of history, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. He is also the author of San Juan Gold: A Mining Engineer's Adventures, 1879-1881.||Karen Vendl is a retired geologiss who is interested in Colorado mining history. She and Mark Vendl are currently the managing editors for an update to a classic mineralogy book, Mineralogy for Amateurs, by John Sinkankas.|Mark Vendl is a retired geologiss who is interested in Colorado mining history. He and Karen Vendl are currently the managing editors for an update to a classic mineralogy book, Mineralogy for Amateurs, by John Sinkankas