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A Fair to Remember

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair.

By Knute Berger, Feliks Banel and Seattle Magazine Staff January 13, 2012

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This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of Seattle magazine.

Fifty years ago, Seattle threw a party for the world. The World’s Fair—called The Century 21 Exposition—was a celebration of Space Age innovation at a time of hope and futuristic yearnings. Our city, once regarded by many as a muddy Wild West outpost, was thrust into the world’s spotlight, suddenly becoming sophisticated and cutting edge. In 1962, everything about Seattle—our civic spaces, culture and very identity—was redefined. As Seattle magazine approaches its own 50th birthday, we take a look at the event—and the people—that forever changed Seattle.

Follow our continued World’s Fair coverage throughout the year in Seattle magazine and here at seattlemag.com.

 

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