The California Exposition & State Fair (now Cal Expo for short). This was the name given to the multi-phase futuristic project in what would become the permanent home of the California State Fair. With increasing popularity and attendance, the Fair had outgrown its location in south Sacramento and in 1963 the state legislature approved the construction of the Fair’s new home – Cal Expo.
Early renderings of this project has a decidedly futuristic feel with concrete minimalist buildings, roller coasters, monorails, fake rock formations straight out of Bryce Canyon — or the Big Thunder Mountain or Cars rides in Disneyland. That last part might seem odd until you hear that both the Director of Operations and the Project Engineer for Disneyland became the General Manager and Director of Design and Construction for Cal Expo.
So while the legislature approved the initial funds, Cal Expo was (and still is) mandated to be self-sustaining. Then Governor Ronald Reagan opened Cal Expo with its exhibit halls and grounds in 1968. Additional features were to be built as funds from the Fair became available – which included the monorail to be completed in 1969. Nearly all the other grandiose plans for the Disneyland of the north were never built. Some what remains are the now retro-cool concrete exhibit halls that are still used every year for not only the State Fair, but miscellaneous other events throughout the year.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 26mm, f/8, 1/80 sec
Sacramento (CA), Expo Center, Concrete Structures, Shade. Sacramento, CA. August 1, 2015. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.