STATES & CITIES: Chicago's Fair


A threatening sky greyed the waters of Lake Michigan last week while Rufus Cutler Dawes stood on the cindery greensward of Grant Park, Chicago, and received formal, oratorical permission "on behalf of President Kelly and the members of the South Park Commission" for what he was about to do. Then he climbed to the cab of a steamshovel which was there, pulled its control lever. Down rattled the shovel's maw, dug dirt and, snorting, spat it aside. Ground was thus broken for the administration building of Chicago's Century of Progress...

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