|In 1884-85, the World's Fair was held in New Orleans. About
a third of all cotton produced in the U.S. was handled in New
Orleans and it was, also, home to the Cotton Exchange.
|The Liberty Bell Comes to Town
|The Liberty Bell and its guards, New Orleans, 1885.
|For that reason, the fair was called The World's Industrial and
Cotton Centennial Exposition ("centennial" referring to the
earliest record of export of cotton from the U.S. in 1784).
|New Orleans marked another centennial in 1984, when the city
hosted a second World's Fair, this one located on the Riverfront
in the Central Business District. Audubon Park and Audubon
Zoo now occupy the site of the 1884 fair.
|Beginning with the New Orleans World's Fair, the Liberty Bell
made 7 trips to various expositions in the U.S., until 1915,
when it was decided that it would travel no more.
|The Cotton Centennial covered 249 acres and was illuminated
with an astounding 5,000 electric lights, at a time when there
were only about 500 electric lights in the whole city.
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