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Learn about the world or just have fun? The attractions on the Pike offered visitors both. The Pike ran for about one mile from the entrance at the Plaza of St. Louis to University Way.
Shows, restaurants and amusement attractions were enjoyed from morning until close at 11:00 in the evening. All along the Pike, troupes of entertainers beckoned visitors to come enjoy the ‘best show on the grounds’.
And what fun visitors found. There were animal shows, parades, water chutes, fire fighting demonstrations, and a funhouse.
General admission to the concessions ranged from ten cents to twenty-five cents. Some concessions charged extra for special attractions.
A walk down the Pike was truly a global experience. Strange sights and sounds along with exotic buildings and peoples filled the senses. Dancers from Asia, Spain, Russia and Egypt swayed to music from curious instruments. The rounded dome of a mosque, jagged edges of the Tyrolean Alps, 100-foot cliff dwellings and steep roofs of several teahouses filled the skyline. At ground level visitors shared the midway with camels, donkeys, horses, snake charmers and boomerang throwers. Restaurants up and down the Pike introduced visitors to foods from Ireland, China or Japan while they sat next to people from all parts of the world.
Some St. Louisans hoped to make the Pike permanent. Adolphus Busch purchased the Tyrolean Alps attraction with the idea of opening a summer theater. This plan was eventually abandoned.