The Vanishing Fair, Paul V. Galvin 
Digital History Collection


Most of the World's Fair buildings were destroyed by fire during the great railroad strike of July, 1894, at which time this poem was written, and to which it refers in connection with the vanishing of the Fair.

View of beach and grounds before the World's Fair - General view on grounds including Fisheries, Government, Liberal Arts and Electricity Buildings, and dome of Administration Building, with Lagoon, Wooded Island, Japanese cottages and Promenade in the foreground - General view of ruins immediately after the fire, from the south, showing the Obelisk in front, the lake on the right, the ruins of Machinery Hall on the left, with the Government Building and Art Palace in the distance, - Frontispiece

Sites before the Fair: (1)German Building (2)North end of the Wooded Island (3)Old Canal north of Fisheries Building (4)Northeast from the Government Building (5)East from Government Building (6)Beach near Liberal Arts, - 6

Greeting, ...7

Burning of the Peristyle, with western view of the Court of Honor and Administration Building, - 8

Group of Statuary entitled "Fire Uncontrolled," the last to fall from Administration Building. - 9

Burning of Administration and Mines Building, with eastern view of Court of Honor and Peristyle, - 10

Burning of Electricity and Mines Buildings, with ruins of each above and below, - 12

Embarkation of Columbus from Spain - Viking ship on its voyage of discovery - Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock, - 14

Chicago with the World's Fair behind her welcoming the commerce of the world and facing the fairer future before her, - 15

The great fire in Chicago in 1871, with ruins of the Grand Pacific Hotel above and views of the South and North Side ruins below, - 16

Lake Front view of Chicago in 1894, with scene in Lincoln Park above and Garfield Park below, - 18

The old "Liberty Bell," exhibited at the Fair, - 19

View of heart of Chicago with slum scene from center of the city above, and a picture from the great railroad strike below, - 20

Statuary of "War" from the Administration Building and squad of regulars responding to call, - 21

Calvary escorting meat train protected by infantry from the Chicago Stock Yards during strike, - 22

From the famous painting entitled the "The Ill Fed," by Oreste Das Molin, which attracted great attention at the Fair, - 23

Statue of the Republic standing alone amid the ruins of the World's Fair, - 24

The Peristyle bearing the crowning motto of the Fair: "Ye Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free," - 26

View of the Midway before the Fair in center, during the Fair above, and of the future below, - 28

Woman as the type of purity and truth opposed to brute force and violence of the past, - 29

"The Apparition to the Shepherds," by Plockhorst, - 30

Angel from the Transportation Building, - 31

"Christmas Chimes," by Blashfield, one of the popular pictures at the World's Fair, - 32

The new "Liberty Bell," typical of the new era, - 33

"Gethsemane," by Hoffman - "The First Easter Dawn," by Thompson - "The Women at the Tomb," by Bouguereau, - 34

Easter Lilies, emblematic of the Resurrection, - 35

General Views of the Ruins, looking toward the lake, - 36

Lagoon entrance to the Art Palace which remains unharmed as a memorial of the Fair, - 37

Ruins of Obelisk and Colonnade to left above - Ruins of Administration Building to right above - Algerian Theatre, Moorish Palace and Ferris Wheel dismantled in center - Southern and eastern views of Machinery Hall ruins below, - 38

Adieu, - 39

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