HISTORY

Did you know?

• The abandoned Louisville and Nashville Railroad Yard was demolished to become the 70-acre site of the first ever World’s Fair in the South.

• True to its name, the World’s Fair Park was home to the 1982 World’s Fair Exhibition

• The theme was “Energy Turns the World”• The Knoxville Sunsphere was constructed in 1981 for the fair

• The Sunsphere stands 266ft high and 26 stories tall

• The 4th floor offers a 360 view of Knoxville

• Each pane of glass is made of 24-karat gold

• During the opening ceremonies, a band played on the top of the Sunsphere

• President Ronald Reagan opened the fair at the Court of Flags on May 1st 1982. The fair officially closed 5 months later on October 1st 1982.

• Over 11million people from across the world traveled to Knoxville to visit the fair

•  The fair hosted 87,659 people on opening day

• The cost of an adult ticket was $9.95 and a children’s ticket was $8.25

Legacy

• Sunsphere

• 216 -cubic foot Rubik’s Cube

• Strohaus Restaurant (now known as the Foundry)

• The Tennessee Amphitheater

• Petro’s

Sources/Continued Reading

NY TimesKnoxville Gov.Bie ParisVisit KnoxvilleWikipedia
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