Ferris Wheel (1893)

The original Ferris Wheel, sometimes also referred to as the Chicago Wheel,[1][2][3] was designed and built by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. as the centerpiece of the Midway at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Since its construction, many other Ferris wheels have been constructed that were patterned after it.

Ferris Wheel
George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.'s wheel
Alternative namesChicago Wheel
General information
Town or cityChicago
CountryUnited States
OpenedJune 21, 1893
DemolishedMay 11, 1906
Height80.4 metres (264 ft)
Known forWorld's first Ferris Wheel

Intended as keystone attraction similar to that of the 1889 Paris Exposition's 324-metre (1,063 ft) Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel was the Columbian Exposition's tallest attraction, with a height of 80.4 metres (264 ft).

The Ferris Wheel was dismantled then rebuilt in Lincoln Park, Chicago, in 1895, and dismantled and rebuilt a third and final time for the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, where it was ultimately demolished in 1906. In 2007, the 45 foot, 70-ton axle was discovered buried near where it was demolished.[4]

The original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel
View through the Ferris Wheel
External image
Axle of the 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel

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