Hemisfair Park – World’s Fair SIte

San Antonio, Texas.

The year was 1968 when San Antonio hosted a World’s Fair. The history of these expositions goes back to the 1790s when, in 1791, Prague, Bohemia hosted the first industrial exhibition on the occasion of the coronation of Leopold II as king of Bohemia. (Source, Wikipedia). In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the fairs were very popular with multiple expositions held in the same year in cities around the world. In 1914, for example, there were 11 cities holding international expositions. The World’s Fairs have lost their lustre with a high cost for infrastructure and a need to use the large facilities after the conclusion of the event. In the 2010 decade, for example, as of this writing, there have only been four international expositions. The next proposed sites in the United States are in 2025 when, among other world cities, Houston, San Francisco and New York State are under consideration. Continue reading