The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, July 1989 - April, 1990 Page: 130
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the sources of centennial funds. A simple chart or table would have
The first part of the book deals with the centennial idea from its con-
ception in 1923 at Corsicana until the actual building began in 1935 at
Dallas and Fort Worth. During the intervening years, the exposition
won the support of the people and the financial backing of the legis-
lature and Congress. Of equal importance was the selection of Dallas as
the host city for the central exposition, the only city to present a united
front and major financial inducements.
The final chapters should be of prime interest, even to non-Texans.
Readers experience the excitement of the race against the clock as
workers completed the facilities in Dallas in only ten months. Architect
George L. Dahl not only made it possible for the fair to open on time,
June 6, but also provided the inspiration to make the central site a
glowing exhibition of modern architecture.
While workmen frantically went about their jobs in Dallas, a similar
miracle took place in Fort Worth, "where the West really begins." City
titan, Amon Carter, motivated by civic pride and the opportunity to go
one up on rival Dallas, spearheaded the construction of the Frontier
Centennial Exposition. While Dallas emphasized education, Fort Worth
provided entertainment. To achieve this end, Carter hired showman
Billy Rose who staged a truncated version of his show, "Jumbo," and
imported to Texas the voluptuous Sally Rand.
The Fort Worth celebration opened in July and lured visitors from
Dallas to its exposition with a sign, one-some six stories tall-near
the entrance of the Dallas site promising "Wild & Whoo-pee" enter-
Of the two expositions, the one in Dallas drew the most custom-
ers: over six million paid to see the Dallas exposition; slightly more
than 9oo,ooo preferred the "Whoo-pee" in Fort Worth. Neither figure
matched projected attendance figures; yet, Ragsdale correctly labels
the Texas Centennial a success. Modern Texas, the land of LBJ, had its
birth as a consequence of the Texas Centennial.
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1987. Pp. xiv+194. Preface, editor's introduction, illustrations,
map, notes, bibliography, index. $19.95.)
In 1901 an instructor in medieval history at the University of Texas,
Herbert Eugene Bolton, experienced his epiphany. He discovered
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