Herbert Sellner of Faribault, Minnesota invented the Tilt-A-Whirl in 1926. He built the first fourteen rides in his basement and yard. A year later, in 1927, he opened Sellner Manufacturing and the Tilt-A-Whirl made its debut at the Minnesota State Fair.
One Tilt-A-Whirl costs around $250,000.
Chuck Haga, “Aug. 31, 2001: It’s been a tilting, whirling ride for 75 years,” Star Tribune, March 29, 2007. Found online here.
Koutsky, Kathryn Strand and Linda Koutsky. Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2007.
Photos found on Minnesota Public Radio website.