Vintage Photos: The Stunning Achievement of the 1936-37 Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland


In 1936, with Cleveland and the rest of the country struggling with the Great Depression, local officials held a giant exposition as a way to stimulate the economy. The fair commemorated the centennial of Cleveland's incorporation as a city. Covering over 135 acres of Cleveland's lakefront, it featured numerous attractions: rides, sideshows, botanical gardens, cafes, art galleries, and much more. The Exposition was visited by more than 4,000,000 people.

All photos via the Cleveland Memory Project.