The World's First Ferris Wheel

"Remembering the Legacy of the Ferris Wheel from the 1893 Chicago and 1904 St. Louis World's Fair"

Massive

• 22 Stories High
• Taller than any building at that time
• Held 2100 passengers at one time
• 250 feet in diameter
• Raised 15 feet off the ground
• 1.5 million passengers in 1904
• 36 carriages, each 27 feet long
• Each carriage held 60 passengers
• Supported by two 140 feet high towers

History

• First build for the Chicago
        Columbian Exposition in 1893
• Ran only 60 days in Chicago
• Moved to Chicago’s Lincoln Park in 1895
• Moved to St Louis for the 1904
        Louisiana Purchase Exposition
• Demolished the end of the St Louis Fair
• Fair was 50 cents a ride
• Ride lasted 20 minutes

INNOVATIONS

• Higher that any skyscraper at the time.
• Used spokes to support the rim
• Held more people that any Ferris
        Wheel built since
• Designed and build in a record 6 months
• Operated 24/7 through the fair
       without stopping
• Axle connected to outer rim with
        flexible spokes
• Powered by two 1,000 hp steam engine

Considered at the time "The Eighth Wonder of the World"