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This Day in Georgia History

December 31, 1895

Cotton States and International Exposition Closed

To view an image from the Cotton States Exposition of 1895, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

After its 105-day run, the Cotton States and International Exposition closed. By most standards, the 1895 exposition was an outstanding success. However, the show’s final price tag was almost $3 million - far more than organizers had estimated - and by November it had appeared that the exposition was on the verge of bankruptcy. However, the generosity of the exposition’s directors - particularly Samuel Inman - allowed the show to close without any debt. Eventually, all the buildings on the fairgrounds were removed. Today, except for a historical marker, little evidence remains of the world’s fair held in Piedmont Park in 1895.

Cotton States and International Exposition Closed View large image
Source: Photo: Ed Jackson