LINCOLN – It was a highlight of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Mo., and like many things of the past, the Great Observation Wheel that towered 23 stories over the fairgrounds no longer exists.
But there are still physical reminders of the great exhibition that introduced hot dogs in buns, cotton candy, iced tea and ice cream in a waffle cone to the world. One of them, in fact, sits along Great Road — the town’s historic Hearthside House and Museum.
Hearthside was, in fact, the model for the Rhode Island Building, which welcomed thousands of visitors a day over the seven-month run of the World’s Fair, according to Kathryn A. Hartley, president of the Friends of Hearthside Inc.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Monday's Call.