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The Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel, 1893. Photo Credit: Hyde Park Historical Society

The original Ferris wheel was first displayed at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Its inventor was George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., a Pittsburgh-based bridge-builder.

- It stood 265 feet tall.

- One revolution took 10 minutes.

- Each of the 36 seating compartments could carry 60 people for a maximum total of 2,160 passengers.

- The wheel weighed just over 2 million pounds.

- On November 22, 1893, three years after his invention debuted, Ferris Jr. died of tuberculosis.

More photos of the Ferris Wheel at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition here.

Hyde Park Historical Society

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4 Comments to “The Ferris Wheel”

  1. holy buckets that is a big ferris wheel, I wonder if there is any today that compares to that in size and weight.

  2. Currently, I think the most comparable would be the London Eye, which holds 25 people in each of 32 compartments for a maximum total of 800 people. It is a little more than 440 feet tall, this makes it the fourth tallest structure in London. It also weighs around 4.6 million pounds. While the London Eye is bigger, it also carries less people per rotation. Also each rotation lasts 30 minutes.
    Information on the London Eye – http://www.londoneye.com/

  3. thanks for the info, keep up the fantastic writing, :-)

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