The new Panama-California World’s Fair at San Diego

The reopening of the San Diego Exposition with gorgeous scenic beauty in a matchless all-the-year-around climate

San Diego Exposition in Southern California, which took place last year simultaneously with the great World’s Fair in San Francisco, has reopened greater than ever under a new name — The Panama-California International Exposition.

In this delightful city in Southern California, in addition to its own attractions of last year, there have been gathered all the most valuable features of the San Francisco Exposition.

Sixteen foreign nations have now sent their exhibits, and the United States Government has moved its great displays down from the northern fair. It is because of the generous participation of the great foreign nations that the new San Diego World’s Fair is now called an International Exposition.

The famous isthmus amusement section, so popular in last year’s San Diego Exposition, has been entirely rebuilt, and the most popular features of the San Francisco amusement zone have been added, with many new diversions not before seen in either exposition. Several of the executives who demonstrated special genius at San Francisco have brought their talents to the new San Diego enterprise.

The exposition will run through until the first of the next year, and will be the scene, from time to time, of many special events of national importance.

There is, perhaps, no spot In the whole world so peculiarly well fitted for an all-the year-around exposition as San Diego. Besides, the fascinating scenic value of its rich and variegated tropical vegetation, it has a climate not too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The architectural design and color effects of the buildings are exquisite.

With Europe’s doors closed to tourists on account of the war, the exposition will draw heavy attendance throughout the entire year.

– Text from the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) – March 19, 1916

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego Foreign and Domestic Industries Building

Panama-California World’s Fair – Foreign and Domestic Industries Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego Russia and Brazil Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition – San Diego Russia and Brazil Building

Panama-California World's Fair - San Diego Puente Cabrillo

Balboa Park – Puente Cabrillo

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego Pillared court on El Prado

1916 Panama-California Exposition – San Diego Pillared court on El Prado

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego La Laguna De Las Flores

1916 Panama-California Exposition – La Laguna De Las Flores

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego Interior of the San Joaquin Building

Panama-California World’s Fair – Interior of the San Joaquin Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego Foreign Arts Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition – Foreign Arts Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego El Prado

Panama-California World’s Fair – El Prado

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego Canadian Government Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition – Canadian Government Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego California State Building

Balboa Park – California State Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego California State Buiiding

Panama-California World’s Fair – California State Buiiding

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego Botanical Pavilion and Gardens

1916 Panama-California Exposition – Botanical Pavilion and Gardens

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego Botanical Gardens

Panama-California World’s Fair – Botanical Gardens

1916 Panama-California Exposition - Plaza de Panama from a pergola

1916 Panama-California Exposition – Plaza de Panama from a pergola

1916 Panama-California Exposition - Plaza de Panama - Kern and Tulare Counties Building

Plaza de Panama – Kern and Tulare Counties Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - Pigeons on the Plaza de Panama

1916 Panama-California Exposition – Pigeons on the Plaza de Panama

1916 Panama-California Exposition - El Prado looking toward main entrance

Balboa Park – El Prado looking toward main entrance

1916 Panama-California Exposition - California Building and entrance to Plaza De California

1916 Panama-California Exposition – California Building and entrance to Plaza De California

1916 Panama-California Exposition - Birds-eye view from Tower California State Building

Balboa Park – Birds-eye view from Tower California State Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - Vista from US Government Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition – Vista from US Government Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - Balboa Park view from New Mexico Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition – View from New Mexico Building

1916 Panama-California Exposition - The Painted Desert

1916 Panama-California Exposition – The Painted Desert

1916 Panama-California Exposition - San Diego The Great Open Air Organ

1916 Panama-California Exposition – San Diego The Great Open Air Organ

Panama-California International Exposition – Official Publication

Panama-California International Exposition - San Diego 1916 - Cover

Official Publication – Panama California International Exposition San Diego 1916 – Hand-Colored (The Albertype Company, Brooklyn, NY)


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