Idaho - Expo Chicago 1893

Idaho at the Exhibition Expo Chicago 1893

The building of Idaho is next in order, and it is conceded to be one of the most striking and creditable structures of all. The building typifies the spirit and conditions of the State. It is three stories high, with a foundation of lava and basaltic rock, and is made to represent a three-story log cabin. The timbers used are cedar logs, stripped of their bark, and presenting the appearance of age. Swiss balconies encircle the building, and it is rooted with “shakes,” held in place by rocks. The chimneys arc large and rough, to imitate those of actual pioneer days. An arched stone entrance opens into a large hall, at the end of which is a stone fireplace with log mantel. The remainder of this door is divided into offices, sleeping and toilet rooms. By stairways on either side of the fireplace an upper hall is reached, the windows of which are glazed with Idaho mica. In front of this hall is the women s reception room, representing a miner’s cabin. It has a fireplace of rock, and its andirons, door-latches, etc., are made in imitation of miners' tools. At the rear of the hall, the men’s reception room is made in imitation of a hunter’s and trapper’s cabin. Its fireplace is made of lava, and the andirons of bear traps and fish spears. The other hardware therein represents arrows and other Indian weapons. The entire third door is one large hall for exhibits, receptions, etc.

©The World's Columbian Exposition 1893