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Old 06-21-2019, 03:27 AM
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June 21, 1893: The first Ferris wheel premieres.

The original Ferris Wheel, sometimes also referred to as the Chicago Wheel, was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. With a height of 264ft. it was the tallest attraction at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where it opened to the public on June 21, 1893. It was intended to rival the 1,063-ft. Eiffel Tower, the centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition.

The wheel had 36 cars, each fitted with 40 revolving chairs and able to accommodate up to 60 people each, giving a total capacity of 2,160. The wheel carried some 38,000 passengers daily and took 20 minutes to complete two revolutions, the first involving six stops to allow passengers to exit and enter and the second a nine-minute non-stop rotation, for which the ticket holder paid 50 cents.