Today's installment from"Throwback Thursday" takes us to the Kansas State Fairgrounds, north and east of 20th Avenue and North Poplar Streets. Between 1900 & 1910, the fairgrounds was located between 13th and 17th Avenues and between Main Maple Streets. It became quickly apparent that with the advent of automobiles they were running out of room quickly. In 1911, the fairgrounds were moved to a bigger open area northeast of 20th and Poplar. Convention Hall was also built that year, so the Commercial Club was able to get William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the U.S. to appear here for the cornerstone laying of the hall and to make a speech at the new Fairgrounds Grandstand. The first photo shows the new fairgrounds, grandstand and the crowds for the Taft speech. The second photo shows President Taft descending the Grandstand stairs after his speech with his secret service agents. The third photo is taken from approximately the same location showing the fairgrounds and grandstand today, almost 110 years to the day later.