Staged to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and drawing over 19 million visitors in only nine months, the Pan-Pacific International Expo rose like a literal jewel from the ashes of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
A Century of Progress International Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".
The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was one of the largest world's fairs of all time. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended.
The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco, California to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposition's first season ran from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and its second season was from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.
The 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The fair ran for two seasons and took place without sanctioning from the Bureau of International Expositions.
Expo 67 was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating.
In what way will this General Foods Arch be refurbished? It will not be made to look as it did in 1964 in NYC at the Fair. It must mean that it will be painted and receive cosmetic support. That's a good thing.
How the Arch arrived at Rocky Point must be in the park's archives or even in the files of local newspapers. A number of these GF informational arches survive in disparate places. The one closest to me stands at the gateway of Enchanted Forest and Water Safari in Old Forge, New York (in the Adirondack Park). It stands at the main entrance and still displays information for park visitors.
Let me clarify
1. Sorry, New York, the Arch is never leaving Rocky Point Park, go find another one!
2. Yes it is being refurbished, thanks to a grant by the RI Foundation: http://wpri.com/2016/05/26/grant-to-restore-rocky-point-arch-at-center-of-ri-foundation-plans/
3. The Arch, along with other artifacts from the former Amusement park (i.e. circle swing above) will remain on site and be used to help keep it a cool place and to tell its story
4. We have no idea how the arch made the trip to Rocky Point . . .please someone tell us how, when and why it made its way here..
5. Come visit the park, walk under the arch, enjoy the views of the Bay, get some Chowda on the way out, and yes, Babe Ruth did play here.