The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 was the first official World’s Fair in the United States. It was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between May 10 and November 10, 1876, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
The exposition was officially named the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures, and Products of the Soil and Mine. It was held in Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River on fairgrounds designed by Herman J. Schwarzmann. More than 10 million visitors attended the exposition, and 37 countries participated.
Below are some amazing photographs documenting the Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876.