This volume contains daily itineraries for Minnesota native John Henry Fitz's three-day visit to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, in October 1893. A printed map of Chicago accompanies the diary.
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Scope and Content:
This volume (10 pages) contains daily itineraries for Minnesota native J. Henry Fitz's three-day visit to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, in October 1893. Fitz arrived in Chicago on the morning of October 25 and kept a detailed list of his time of arrival at each exhibit or attraction throughout the next three days; he usually spent between 10 minutes and an hour at a particular location. He also recorded the number of total exposition visitors on October 25 and the amount of his expenses, which totaled $24.80. The diary is accompanied by Rand, McNally & Co.'s New Map of Chicago and Suburbs, Showing the Location of the World's Columbian Exposition, Streets, Parks, Boulevards, Railroads, Street Car Lines, Etc. (1891), which shows the boundaries of Chicago's suburbs and the exposition grounds.
Biographical / Historical:
John Henry Fitz was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 22, 1860, the son of Rudolph Fitz and Elmira Howard; he became a land surveyor and civil engineer. Fitz married Allie P. Fowble on August 30, 1882, and they had three daughters: Hazel, Mildred, and Lillian. In October 1893, Fitz traveled to Chicago, Illinois, where he spent three days visiting the World's Columbian Exposition.
2006. M-4534 .
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Additional Descriptive Data:
Little Sketches of Big Folks. Minnesota 1907. St. Paul: R. L. Polk & Co., 1907.
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