Texas Centennial Exposition
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
N 32° 46.904 W 096° 45.883
14S E 709345 N 3629301
Quick Description: This marker is set almost flush with the ground on the (north)west end of the Esplanade in Fair Park, Dallas.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/4/2008 6:24:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM3ADC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
Views: 21

Long Description:
Texas Historical Commission Atlas data:
Index Entry: Texas Centennial Exposition
Address: Hall of State, Fair Park
City: Dallas
County: Dallas
Marker Size: 27" x 42"
Repairs Completed: not surveyed
All State Fairgrounds/Fair Park markers:
WM19T1 State Fair of Texas
WM1A1H Steel Dust
WM19WJ Dallas Depot of the H. & T.C.
WM19NP A Tribute to Texas Women in the Civil War
WM19JE Hall of State
WM3ADC Texas Centennial Exposition
WM3A5K WRR Radio
Marker Number: 6896

Marker Text:
As plans began to take shape for the Centennial celebration of Texas Independence, a group of Dallas businessmen led by R. L. Thornton, Sr., Fred Florence, and Nathan Adams, joined together to promote the city as the host of the major Centennial event.

The Centennial Exposition Corporation, formed in 1935, took temporary control of the State Fair grounds, and a team of over 100 architects, artists, and craftsmen soon began designing the Exposition complex. Employing thousands of people in the midst of the Great Depression, the project resulted in the creation of impressive structures, works of art, and landscaping.

Officially opened by Gov. James Allred on June 6, 1936, activities of the Exposition included a spectacular parade through downtown Dallas, guest speakers, and nationwide news coverage. In his speech to the crowd, U. S. Secretary of Commerce Daniel Roper declared "America, here is Texas!" President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the Exposition on June 12.

The Exposition ran for 178 days, entertaining over six million people. It was a turning point in the development of the city of Dallas and left a legacy of art, history, architecture, and culture to generations of Texans. (1988)


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