Learn California.org
Home Visit the Students section Visit the Teachers section Visit the Research California section Visit the Sitemap
Keyword Search

Celebration
 

<= Recovery and Reform

Unstable State =>


Since the days of the Gold Rush, San Franciscans loved a good party, and what better way to demonstrate the recovery of their city than by throwing one of the grandest parties the country had ever seen. Barely five years after the earthquake and fire, San Franciscans broke ground on what would become the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915. Its opulent buildings and lavish grounds officially commemorated Balboa's discovery of the Pacific Ocean and the completion of the Panama Canal, but in reality the fair celebrated the return of San Francisco.
Click on a thumbnail to view an enlarged copy of the image, then click on the BACK button to return to this page.

President William Howard Taft was on hand for the Panama Pacific International Exposition's 1911 groundbreaking. He used a sterling silver shovel to turn the first spade of earth.

President William Howard Taft was on hand for the Panama Pacific International Exposition's 1911 groundbreaking. He used a sterling silver shovel to turn the first spade of earth.

Panama Pacific International Exposition

Panama Pacific International Exposition



Go to Recovery and Reform
Go to Unstable State


Copyright ©2000-2009 LearnCalifornia.org. All rights reserved.