Soon after the opening ceremony the Tower was visited by many distinguished individuals, such as Thomas Edison, Sarah Bernhardt, and Buffalo Bill.
The Eiffel Tower was opened for visitors on this day in 1889. It was actually first built as the entrance to the 1889 World Fair. It was originally intended to be a temporary construction and was supposed to be dismantled and removed after some time. However, it was considered so impressive by the visitors that it remained in place until today.
The 1889 World Fair was held on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the French Revolution. The fair was an important international event, such as those which were popular in the second half of the 19th century. The EXPO fairs are the modern continuation of these old world fairs.
The Eiffel Tower wasn’t fully opened at the same time as the fair, but only several days later. The reason for this was that the elevators weren’t yet functional, so the first visitors could only reach the top of the Tower via the stairs. The World Fair was visited by 28 million people during the less than six months it lasted. They included many famous people such as Thomas Edison, Sarah Bernhardt, and Buffalo Bill (whose Wild West show was part of the fair). Gustav Eiffel personally received Edison in his apartment on the top of the Tower.