Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition ( Seattle 's Forgotten World Fair )

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ajou, Huang Joel Shaver Eng 101 05 June 2015 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (Seattle’s Forgotten World Fair) “Gold!! Gold!! Gold!!” I heard a newsboy crying out the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s morning headline in the Puget Sound area on July 17, 1897. The Puget Sound’s residents who gathered at the small waterfront area were attracted by the tempting title. The message had sent shock waves across entire North America. Within days, I saw thousands of fortune seekers risking their lives for the unknown adventures of finding gold. The stampeders eagerly bought supplies and then boarded ships bound for the wild unknown of Alaska and Canada. As a lumber worker, I did not have as much interest in gold as that of those fortune seekers. As…show more content…
Colorful flyers and significant graffiti were posted around Seattle. People excitingly held the flyers and keenly waited for the countdown of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Different flyer designs existed, and the one that was frequently presented as the formal invitation was a flyer that represented the advantages of Alaska and Seattle (Stein and Becker 38). Similar to most people, I had sent the formal invitation to all of my friends and family members on rectangular-shaped flyers. The background of the flyers promoted the natural resources and industrial advances of the Pacific Northwest. On the right side of the flyer, which was the forest, the flyer included a painting of cut logs and a man holding an ax; this image represented the abundance of natural resources and great logging industry of the Pacific Northwest. The middle part of the flyer showed a Drumheller fountain and buildings; snow-capped Mountain Rainier was the focal point of the grounds. On the left side of the flyer, the snow-covered roads and trees were displayed. Moreover, six huskies were used to pull sleds, and the rider with a beard stood with a whip on the snowy road. A totem pole that was carved with the spiritual symbol “hawks” was also presented on the flyer. Two circles were drawn on the top left and right sides of the flyer. The right circle represented the Northern Pacific Railway. The left circle had a busy ship; it represented the busy trade
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