Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Washington's First World's Fair

A Timeline History

Alan J. Stein and Paula Becker

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  • Published: 2009
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 188 pp., 285 illus., 90 in color, 10.5 x 11 in.
  • Distributed for: History Link
  • Contents

This richly illustrated and well-researched volume chronicles the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, held in Seattle in 1909. The 3.7 million visitors to the fair during its four-month run, on what was to become the University of Washington campus, beheld a cornucopia of exhibits housed in an astonishing collection of buildings and enjoyed the carnival-like - and sometimes controversial - entertainments of the Pay Streak midway. Starting with the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897, authors Alan J. Stein and Paula Becker recount in detail the history of the fair that brought Seattle and Washington into the national spotlight.

The A-Y-P Exposition was a major community effort for a state that was only twenty years old. It was the first world's fair to make a profit, it provided a platform for advocates of woman suffrage, and it set the general plan for the University of Washington campus that endures to this day.
Alan J. Stein is a staff historian and award-winning author of Safe Passage: The Birth of Washington State Ferries; Bellevue Timeline; and The Olympic: The Story of Seattle's Landmark Hotel. Paula Becker is a staff historian for and author of the popular "Park Hopping" column for ParentMap magazine.
Foreword by Greg Nickels
Introduction by Paul Dorpat
Birth of a Fair
June 1909
July 1909
August 1909
September and October 1909
A Fair to Remember
A-Y-P Exposition Buildings
Glimpses of Olmsted
A Note on Sources
Image Credits

"This beautifully illustrated coffee table book chronicles all the important dates and events and random trivia associated with the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. You don't need to read this book cover-to-cover in order to fully enjoy it."
-Everett Public Library

"This beautifully packaged history offers both a wealth of anecdotes and a savvy selection of vintage photographs and memorabilia that bring the 1909 A-Y-P Exposition to life."
-Seattle Times

"The history of the A-Y-P Exposition on the cityscape and mindset of Seattle is keenly, lovingly evoked in every detail of the book's layout. Here's a local history to put on everyone's Christmas list - if they can bear to wait that long to get it."
-Seattle Times