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Expo '74 - Spokane, Washington, USA
Expo '74 photos
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Ford Pavilion (foreground), the Great Northern Clock Tower, and US Pavilion (background)
Philippines Pavilion exhibit
Spokane Falls SkyRide
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Expo '74 is notable as being the first world's fair with an environmental theme. It is also the fourth of five major world's fairs held in the Pacific Northwest (the others being 1905 Portland, 1909 Seattle, 1962 Seattle, and 1986 Vancouver). The majority of world's fairs since Expo '74 have had environmentalism as part of their themes.

This world's fair was particularly notable for its large participation by the Soviet Union, the first time since World War II that they participated in a United States world's fair. It would also be the last time.

Expo '74 was also the first world's fair held in the United States after the US formally joined the BIE.

Although not held in the Bicentennial year of 1976, Expo '74 was considered to be part of the Bicentennial celebration.

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Exclusive ExpoMuseum.com Video
 
 
The Spokane Falls SkyRide on Expo '74's legacy site in 2012
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Video
 
 

Watch Reflections by the River-EXPO 74 on PBS. See more from KSPS Documentaries.

KSPS Documentary from 1994: Reflections by the River-Expo '74
 
Television segment about Expo '74 featuring a commercial made at the time (which incidentally, shows a few images of Montreal's Expo '67)
 
United States Pavilion film "Man Belongs to Earth," one of the earliest IMAX films created
 
J. William T. Youngs talks about Expo '74's legacy in Expo 2010 documentary
 
Kim's collection of Expo '74 memorabilia
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Quick Info

opening date
04 May 1974
closing date
03 November 1974
theme
Celebrating Tomorrow's
Fresh New Environment
site description
reclaimed and redeveloped islands and riverbanks along the Spokane River adjacent to downtown
site size
40 hectares (100 acres)
participating countries
10
attendance
5.6 million
status
BIE
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Expo '74 shirt

40th Anniversary Apparel

 
 
Check out The ExpoMuseum Shop for world's fair books, video, audio and art.
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Expo '74 map
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The World's Fair Community

ExpoMuseum's sister site, WorldsFairCommunity.org, maintains a discussion group about Expo '74. Visit it here.

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Exclusive Photos
 
 
Expo '74 photos

Exclusive photos of Expo '74 legacy site are on ExpoMuseum's Flickr site.

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Other Useful Sites
 

A Virtual Visit to Expo '74, The Spokane World's Fair - by Mike Fuller

The Fair and the Falls - excerpts from J. William T. Youngs' book

Riverfront Park - Expo '74's legacy site

Expo '74 Spokane World's Fair Vintage Postcards & Images - from CardCow.com

Modern Living: A Place in the Sun - from Time Magazine, 27 May 1974

Expo 74 Spokane World's Fair opens on May 4, 1974 - from HistoryLink.org

Expo '74 and Earth Day - from the Pacific Northwest Inlander, 21 April 2010

Spokane's Expo '74: A World's Fair for the Environment - from the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest

Remarks Opening Expo '74, Spokane Washington - President Nixon's speech on the occasion of Expo '74's opening

Guide to the Expo '74, World's Fair Records, 1965-1975 - from the Northwest Digital Archives

Expo '74's Washington State Bond Issue - from the Washington State Legislature

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