Expo '74

The smallest city to ever host a World's Fair, how did Spokane do it?  The fair site was a jumble of railroad tracks and bridges obscuring the Spokane River from view. Voters turned down a tax to fund it, and the environmental theme had its skeptics too.

The answers can be found in these KSPS productions exploring the events leading to the summer of '74 when Spokane hosted the world.




Purchase a DVD of any of the programs online, or by contacting the Friends of KSPS membership department at 1-800-735-2377 or by email.

n 1974, the United States was locked in a cold war; an American president was entangled in a web of legal and political intrigue; andthe world cam e to Spokane, Washington for the world's fair. This program chronicles the events leading up to Expo '74 with historical footage and interviews with key players involved in the fair. The fair ran from May 4, 1974 to Novemb er 3, 1974 and was the only world's fair to be opened by one president (Ni xon)and closed by anothor (Ford) in a span of six months. - See more at: http://pw.myersinfosys.com/ksps/search?search_text=reflections%20by%20the%20river#sthash.nq9BhHU6.dpuf
n 1974, the United States was locked in a cold war; an American president was entangled in a web of legal and political intrigue; andthe world cam e to Spokane, Washington for the world's fair. This program chronicles the events leading up to Expo '74 with historical footage and interviews with key players involved in the fair. The fair ran from May 4, 1974 to Novemb er 3, 1974 and was the only world's fair to be opened by one president (Ni xon)and closed by anothor (Ford) in a span of six months. - See more at: http://pw.myersinfosys.com/ksps/search?search_text=reflections%20by%20the%20river#sthash.nq9BhHU6.dpuf

 

Reflections by the River: Expo '74 

Sunday, May 4, 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 8, 7:00pm

In 1974, the United States was locked in a cold war; an American president was entangled in a web of legal and political intrigue; and the world came to Spokane, Washington for the world's fair. This program chronicles the events leading up to Expo '74 with historical footage and interviews with key players involved in the fair. The fair ran from May 4, 1974 to November 3, 1974 and was the only world's fair to be opened by one president (Nixon) and closed by another (Ford) in a span of six months.

 

 

Remembering Expo 74 (briefly)

From the KSPS Documentary Remembering Spokane, host Tom McArthur reminds us that Expo 74 was the biggest thing to hit Spokane since the Great Fire of 1889.
 

  


World's Fair Memories

Expo '74 President King Cole leads a discussion with many of the major players who brought the world to Spokane, including then-mayor David Rodgers. A refreshing reminder of what the power of civic action and leadership can accomplish.


 
 

A Seattle-Spokane World's Fair Comparison

Seattle's "Mossback" columnist Knute Berger and former Washington governor Daniel J. Evans look back at the little world's fair that could — Spokane's environmentally themed Expo '74. Courtesy KCTS