George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. designed and built the Chicago Wheel for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. The wheel was intended as a rival to the Eiffel Tower, the centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition. It was the largest attraction at the Columbian Exposition, with a height of 80 metres (260 ft), and was powered by two steam engines. There were 36 cars, accommodating 60 people each (40 seated, 20 standing), giving a total capacity of 2,160. It took 20 minutes for the wheel to make two revolutions—the first to make six stops to allow passengers to exit and enter; the 2nd, a single non-stop revolution—and for that, the ticket holder paid 50 cents. When the Exposition ended, the wheel was moved to north side, next to an exclusive neighborhood. It was then used at the St. Louis 1904 World's Fair and eventually destroyed by controlled demolition in 1906. At 70 tons, its axle was the largest steel forging of the time. It was 26 stories tall, only a quarter of the Eiffel Tower's height.
I'm pretty sure you didn't read that whole paragraph above, but it fascinates me!
I was recently reading a book titled A Proper Pursuit that had a lot to do with the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
It is quite sad that the very first Ferris Wheel was destroyed by controlled demolition!
And there you have my new Fascination=)
And just in case you are afraid of heights......
This ones for you=)