This Day in Georgia History
December 31, 1895
Cotton States and International Exposition Closed
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.