Agricultural History Series
Missouri State University
1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair
The Louisiana Display
A 40 pound sweet potato from the Louisiana exhibit was displayed in the Palace of Agriculture. The sweet potato was a Chinese yam that was raised in Louisiana in order to fatten up hogs. It was a leafless vine that had lots of blooms on it at the time. The vine that sprouted during the World’s Fair was 40 feet long wrapping around the walls of the exhibit. Supports were provided for the vines. It brought in many spectators.
Reference: Journal of Agriculture 1904
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