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The upcoming national election of 1896 helped spur the rapid rebuilding efforts in St. Louis. Residents came together like never before to remove debris, shelter homeless neighbors, and gradually rebuild homes, factories, schools, and other important structures. Only one month after the tornado, St. Louis welcomed the Republican National Convention, and eight years later it hosted the World's Fair, an international exposition attended by nearly 20 million people. Today, St. Louis is a thriving metropolis of around 315,000, home to large corporations, two major league sports teams, and 100 parks.
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