Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair, in St. Louis, United States
, was founded in 1904. Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair closed down in 1905 in St. Louis, .
The St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 was also known as The Louisiana Purchase Exposition. It was the second World's Fair held in St. Louis; the first was the St. Louis Exposition in 1884. The Fair celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase (delayed one year). It opened April 30, 1904, and closed December 1 the same year.
When in March 1904 we stood on board the s.s. Bethania and he was bidding me goodbye, 'Lad,' he said to me, 'I want you to take care we don't lose a single elephant.' He was indeed not a little worried, for he was putting the largest Group
of exotic animals which we had ever handled directly into my hands. Twenty elephants had been sold to Thompson and Dundee and there were also two bachelor elephants which were going to the largest menagerie in the world, that of Luna Park on Coney Island. There were also eight others for the circus of the Ringling Brothers (who were of German extraction, then in close connection with Barnum and Bailey, who later bought them out), in the transport here were still eight other elephants, including a cow and baby Jumbo. These belonged to our own proposed show at St. Louis.
That made thirty-six elephants in all, not to speak of the other wild animals, trained and untrained, all in box-wagons, cages, tanks and baskets, covering the decks of the ship.