Some Events at the End of the 1800s in San Francisco

December 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Grand Court of Honor at the 1894 Midwinter Fair

Grand Court of Honor at the 1894 Midwinter Fair

If San Franciscans have always loved parades, they have also always had a special place in their civic affections for expositions and fairs.

Hence, when 1894 saw the opening of the Midwinter Fair in Golden Gate Park, San Franciscans beamed with anticipation and children squirmed at the thought of good things and good days to come.

The fair was mounted as a private enterprise and consisted of over one hundred buildings erected in the park on a 200 acre site between the present 8tg and 12th avenues centering around the area now marked by the bandstand and the de Young museum.

The fair went on for six months with a total attendance of 2,225,000.

After all the buildings had been demolished except the Egyptian style museum, the fair was declared an unqualified success.

The outstanding critic of the Midwinter Fair was the recently appointed Superintendent of Golden Gate Park, John McLaren.

He did not welcome anything of a commercial nature to “his park” and, when the fair was over, it was a matter of only a few days before the site was cleared and the area restored to what McLaren considered its proper uses.

It remains but to chronicle two further events of the 1890s; they were the activity and excitement that marked 1897 when another Gold Rush, this one to the Klondike area of Alaska, took place in San Francisco, which served as a staging area for both transportation ad supply.

The next year, the city was again to serve as a staging area, when for the first time but not for the last, it was a supply depot for both men and supplies in the Spanish American War.

There was a large encampment in the Presidio and in that part of the Richmond district which lies between California Street and Golden Gate Park.

Peace came on December 10, 1898, but the intervening months had caused many soldiers to become acquainted with San Francisco and environs, as was to happen again after World War II.

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