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The Panama–Pacific International Exposition was a world's fair held in San Francisco, California, United States, from February 20 to December 4, 1915. Its stated purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake. The fair was constructed on a 636 acre (1 sq. mi., 2.6 km2) site along the northern shore, between the Presidio and Fort Mason, now known as the Marina District.

The centerpiece was the Tower of Jewels, which rose to 435 feet and was covered with over 100,000 cut glass Novagems. The ?3?4 to 2 inch colored "gems" sparkled in sunlight throughout the day and were illuminated by over 50 powerful electrical searchlights at night. In front of the Tower, the Fountain of Energy flowed at the center of the South Gardens, flanked by the Palace of Horticulture on the west and the Festival Hall to the east. The arch of the Tower served as the gateway to the Court of the Universe, leading to the Court of the Four Seasons to the west and the Court of Abundance to the east.

These courts formed the primary exhibit area for the fair, which included the Food Products Palace, the Education and Social Economy Palace, the Agriculture Palace, the Liberal Arts Palace, the Transportation Palace, the Manufacturers Palace, the Mines and Metallurgy Palace, and the Varied Industries Palace. The Machinery Palace, the largest hall, dominated the east end of the central court.

At the west end of central court group was the Palace of Fine Arts. Further west toward the bay down The Avenue of the Nations were national and states' buildings, displaying customs and products unique to the area represented. At the opposite end of the Fair, near Fort Mason was "The Zone", an avenue of popular amusements and concessions stands.

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Images

Image Name
Back Cover
The Torrey Pines
Easter Lilies in Mission Cliff Gardens
Vista from State Buildings Plaza
Title Page
The End of the Trail
The High School
Pictorial Map of California
A Section of the Court of the Four Seasons - Illuminated
San Francisco from Nob Hill
The Bridge at Sunset Cliffs
Winter and Summer Belts of Temperature
Breakers on the Coast at San Diego
The Palace of Fine Arts
El Prado showing Canadian Building
The Golden Gate from the Exposition
Passing Point Loma, San Diego Bay
The Palace of Horticulture
The Palace of Varied Industries
Tower in Court of Palms
Mme. Schumann Heink at Home, Grossmont, near San Diego
U.S. Grant Hotel, facing Plaza Park
Fort Rosecrans
Front Cover
Title Page
The Western Section of the Zone
Mirror Lake in the Yosemite
A Beautiful Drive in Balboa Park
Theosophical Institute, Point Loma
Feeding the Pigeons
Sphinx Head Cave, La Jolla
Puente del Cabrillo
Palm Avenue
Plaza Park, showing L.J. Wilde Electric Fountain
Administration Avenue
The Beach, Tent City, Coronado
Festival Hall
An Afternoon Concert, Spreckel's Pipe Organ
Formal Gardens and Citrus Grove from Southern Countries Building
Southern Europe in California - Old Spanish House, Monterery
The California Building
The Passing of the Que
A Corner in the Court of Abundance
Tower in Court of Abundance
Foreign and Domestic Industries Building from Botanical Gardens
Architectural Adornments, Great South Gardens
Arch of the Rising Sun, Court of the Universe
Block Plan of the Exposition
Yacht Harbor
Pictorial Map of Panama Canal and Zone
Mullgardt's Tower, Court of Abundance
A Section of the Esplanade
Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay from the Exposition
Mount Shasta, 14,380 Feet High
The Tower of Jewels and Calder's Fountain of Energy
Ramona's Marriage Place, Old Town
Reflections in the Large Lagoon
The California State Building
Bennington Monument
The Stadium
The Beach, Seal Rocks, Cliff House, San Francisco
Typical Bit of Monterey Bay
The Botanical Gardens, Panama-California Exposition
Pictorial Map of the World
Panorama of Exhibit Palaces from San Francisco Bay
The Passing of the Shoe
Stopped by the California Coast, 7,000 Miles from Asia
Santa Fe Depot
The Tower of Jewels and the Great South Gardens
Front Cover
Section of A Colonnade Palace of Fine Arts
Back Cover
Front Cover
Back Cover
The Palace of Manufactures
The Tower of Jewels - Illuminated
Mission San Diego,
Calder's Fountain of Energy - Illuminated
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
An Exposition Audience, Great South Gardens
A Scene on Broadway
Main Entrance Court of the Four Seasons - Illuminated
The Palace of Liberal Arts and Calder's Fountain of Energy
Fountain of the Setting Sun Court of the Universe
Central Tower Illuminated
The Palace of Pure Foods
Main Entrance Court of the Four Seasons
The Fountain of Ceres, Entrance to Court of the Four Seasons
Pictorial Map of San Francisco
The Palace of Machinery
The Palace of Education

Maps

Map Name
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Winter and Summer Belts of Temperature (1913)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Pictorial Map of Panama Canal and Zone (1913)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Pictorial Map of San Francisco (1913)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Pictorial Map of California (1913)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Pictorial Map of the World (1913)

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