Triceratops on Tour to Celebrate Louisiana Purchase

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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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