The World Columbian Exposition in 1893 featured a movable walkway which, during the fair, it carried 997,785 people, up to 6,000 at a time, for 6 cents per seat.

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The Movable Sidewalk, located on the long pier east of the Peristyle, was constructed for the purpose of lessening the fatigue of visitors walking 2,500 feet from the steamships, along the pier, into the fairgrounds.