San Francisco 1894, the Midwinter Fair

by Joe Thompson

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04-July-1894 was San Francisco Day at the Midwinter Fair.

In 1893 the American economy was suffering through a slump. Mike De Young of the San Francisco Chronicle was inspired by Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition to bring some of its exhibits to Golden Gate Park for a World's Fair. Today's De Young Museum and Japanese Tea Garden are descendants of fair exhibits.

Opening of the California Midwinter International Exposition The fair opened on 28-January-1894 and was a great financial success. Read a newspaper article on my blog about the opening: "Opening of the California Midwinter International Exposition.

Birds Eye View of Midwinter Fair.

Greeting From the California Midwinter International Exposition.

How did people get to the fair? In 1892 the Market Street Railway extended its McAllister line from Stanyan to 5th Avenue on Fulton. This put the line in position for the 1894 Midwinter Fair.

In 1894, the Market Street Railway also extended the Sacramento/Clay line of the former Ferries and Cliff House Railway from Central (now Presidio) Avenue to 6th Avenue and Fulton. To support the extension, the railway ordered new cars of the single-ended Powell Street pattern from Carter Brothers in Newark, California.

Car 16 Car 16 on Powell at Sutter. It was built by Carter Brothers to support Sacramento/Clay service to the Midwinter Fair. September 2001. Photo by Joe Thompson. July, 2019 Picture of the Month.

Riders on the Market Street Railway's Haight Street cable line could transfer to the electric trains of the Park and Ocean Railroad to reach the fair.

The fair closed on 04-July-1895, San Francisco Day.

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