Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Golden Gate International Exposition Opens -- February 18, 2014

75 years ago, on 18-February-1939, the Golden Gate International Exposition opened on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.  The world's fair celebrated the opening of San Francisco's two great bridges and a general theme of unity and peace around the Pacific Rim.  Treasure Island is an artificial island that served as a US Navy base for many years.  My mother attended the fair as a child.  She remembers Mister Peanut, and the great statue of Pacifica.  The city of Pacifica is named after the lost statue.  The Cavalcade of the Pacific featured a Sutter Street cable train which is now on exhibit at the Cable Car Museum and locomotives from the North Pacific Coast and the Nevada Short Line  which are now on display at the California State Railroad Museum. 

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