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Triceratops on Tour to Celebrate Louisiana Purchase

In 1904 the city of St. Louis, Missouri hosted the grand Louisiana Purchase Exhibition. It was a chance to celebrate the centennial of the grand acquisition of the midwestern states, and many states contributed exhibits to the festival. The Smithsonian Institution was represented there, too, and as...

Triceratops on display at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition. From the Smithsonian Photography Initiative.


In 1904 the city of St. Louis, Missouri hosted the grand Louisiana Purchase Exhibition. It was a chance to celebrate the centennial of the grand acquisition of the midwestern states, and many states contributed exhibits to the festival. The Smithsonian Institution was represented there, too, and as this photo shows, a cast of Triceratops was one of the star attractions they chose to show. It was one of several dinosaurs put on display, but the others seem to be hidden behind the massive bulk of the whale diorama.
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Brian Switek

Brian Switek is a freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. He writes regularly for National Geographic's Phenomena blog as Laelaps.

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