Texas booster fair opens in Fort Worth
On this day in 1889, the Texas Spring Palace opened in Fort Worth. This fair, promoted by Robert A. Cameron, immigration agent for the Fort Worth and Denver Railway, was designed to attract settlers and investors to Texas. Cameron wanted to advertise Texas by displaying all the natural products of the state under one roof. The completed Spring Palace, built in record time (thirty-one days) by the Fort Worth Loan and Construction Company, served as an educational, cultural, and entertainment center for Texas residents and guests throughout June. A second fair held in the building in 1890 ended when a sudden fire destroyed the place on the night of May 30.