On Opening Day of the fair — May 1, 1893 — a line of carriages carries important people, including President Grover Cleveland and Daniel Burnham, to the fair at Jackson Park. President Cleveland speaks at a ceremony signifying the much-anticipated opening of the exposition. The general consensus among the crowd is that the fair is a success, despite the mud-covered walkways and roads, unfinished landscaping, and unfinished Ferris wheel. Attendance registers between 500,000 and 600,000 people. However, the cause for celebration doesn't last long. Day two of the fair reels in roughly 10,000 people. Burnham is concerned. Economic strife's spread worldwide. Several banks are closing, and the stock market is near crashing. In response, Burnham pushes Olmsted and Ferris to finish their projects. Burnham feels confident that fair attendance will improve once word circulates that the fair is actually finished. Burnham assigns
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