In 1885, a board of state and territorial commissioners was created to develop the North, Central, and South American Exposition
in New Orleans. These two manuscripts are the minutes of the board's meetings, as taken by secretary Charles B. Turrill, commissioner
for California, and agent in charge of the Southern Pacific exhibit. The minutes describe the logistical planning and development
of the exposition.
The 1884 exposition in New Orleans was deemed a commercial failure and thus, seeking a way to recoup losses, the Board of
State and Territorial Commissioners of the North, Central, and South American Exposition was formed on November 10th, 1885.
The Board purchased the buildings from the original fair and attempted to re-open the exposition as a way to highlight New
Orleans and the United States as a nexus of trade between the Americas. The second exposition also proved to be a financial
failure, and it was disbanded as an organization on May 17th, 1886. All the buildings, except Horticultural Hall, were dismantled,
and the site was developed into Audubon Park in the 1890s.
2 v. (206, 94 leaves) : paper ; 20.5 x 13 cm.
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