After three years of preparation, the World’s Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago from May 1, 1893 to October 30, 1893. One of the major attractions was the debut of the original Ferris Wheel designed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., a Pittsburgh-based bridge builder. With 36 seating compartments, holding 60 people each, the Ferris Wheel could carry a maximum load of 2,160 passengers. These photographs help to convey the 1893 Ferris Wheel’s vast size and intricate construction.
Check out History By Zim’s post on fun facts about the original Ferris Wheel here.
“The World’s Columbian Exposition,” Chicago Historical Society