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INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION OF 1909

INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION OF 1909

The INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION OF 1909 was a massive exhibit of Cleveland manufacture that showcased the products of Cleveland industries. The exhibition, planned in 1908 by the Chamber of Commerce as an expression of civic pride, was held in a massive temporary building on the current site of City Hall. A bridge connected the imaginative canvas-and-pole structure with additional exhibits in the CENTRAL ARMORY. Attendance records for expositions of this kind were broken as over 215,000 flocked to see the displays. Visitors, including many from abroad, left impressed with Cleveland's industrial strength. The exposition lured new industry to Cleveland and caused a surge in retail, convention bookings, and the real estate market.