- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Oregon Historical Society; 3rd edition (December 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875952852
- ISBN-13: 978-0875952857
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Extravaganza: Portland and the Lewis and Clark Exposition, Third Edition 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Carl Abbott is professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. He is the author of several books, including The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West and Portland: Planning, Politics, and Growth in a Twentieth-Century City.
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The appeal of world’s fairs has long since waned, with, perhaps, New York’s in 1939 being the last extravaganza before the public became overly distracted by the flood of industrial, electronic, and digital technology readily available. But this special moment for the Pacific Northwest, Oregon, and Portland remains integral to understanding the growth of the Rose City. Portland’s population and business surged after the fair.
Abbott deftly presents the organizational tasks and logistics of ushering the exposition to its opening day, and it’s a good story for anyone with some familiarity of Portland sites and the politics of the time. The photos of the fair are evocative and charming, from the depiction of Venice’s Grand Canal to Oregon’s Forestry Building, a huge edifice constructed of unhewn logs. The Lewis and Clark Exposition, a financial and development success, proved to be Portland’s entrée into the 20th century, and Abbott captures the moment well.
Michael Helquist, author, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions