ABC 7 News: San Francisco Celebrates 100th Anniversary of World’s Fair

Palace of Fine Arts with colorful lights for PPIE 100

By Ken Miguel

A hundred years ago this week, all eyes were on San Francisco. A World’s Fair was set to open unlike any other, in a city that had been reborn from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and fire.

“It was the most wonderful thing to ever happen to San Francisco,” said an old films from the California Historical Society show just how spectacular the Panama Pacific International Exposition was. A World’s Fair to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914.

It was more than a World’s Fair, it was a coming out party for a city that less than a decade earlier was nearly destroyed by an earthquake and fire.

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