by Joe Thompson
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.
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.
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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