World's Cotton Centennial Exposition

New Orleans

The Act of Congress provided that the exposition be held in 1884; consequently, although most of the exhibits were in a very incomplete state, the opening was set for December 16. On this date the streets of New Orleans were decorated gaily. A military parade preceded the start of the official party for the exposition grounds and an escort of several military companies attended this party, which included the governor of Louisiana, the mayor of New Orleans, numerous representatives from other states and countries, United States Cabinet members, and officials of the exposition. The opening ceremonies took place in the Music Hall, in the center of the Main Building

Gallery

World's Exposition Map 1884

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World's Industrial Cotton Centennial Exposition

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Opening Ceremony, White House

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Cotton Centennial Exposition Opening

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Exposition Two-Page View

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Main Building

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Main Building

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Central Building 1884

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Main Building From Horticultural Hall Tower

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Liberty Bell Arrival

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Horticultural Hall From Tower

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Court Of Honor Electric Tower

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Electric Light Tower

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Memorial Art Hall

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Art Hall

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Christmas in Music Hall

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Music Hall Christmas Tree

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Frozen Fountain Feb. 12th

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Government States Building

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Government States Building

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Horticultural Hall

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Horticultural Hall

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Horticultural Hall

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Horticultural Hall

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Horticultural Hall Interior Postcard

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Liveoak Ave. from Horticultural Hall

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Liveoak Avenue

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Liveoak on Horticultural Grounds

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Mexico Octaganal

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Temple Of Music

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Japanese Tea pagoda, at which Heno tea was dispensed.

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United States Bldg.

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Alligator in Louisiana Exhibit

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J. P. Coats Souvenir Postcard

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Exposition Souvenir Token

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Crowd along the Riverfront

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During Mayor Guillotte's administration plans for a great exposition in New Orleans, which began to take form towards the close of Mayor Behan's term, were realized. The exposition, which, in every respect but the financial one, was a success, had important implications for New Orleans. It advertised to the world the fact that the city was now over the troubles which for nearly a quarter of a century had given it a sinister reputation. It had, moreover, the effect of drawing the attention of the people of New Orleans to the upper portion of the city as a desirable place of residence. Immediately after the exposition a movement began to build up this vast area, with the result that New Orleans gained very largely in population and in attractiveness.