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History of National Ferris Wheel Day





The very first wheel of this kind was designed and built by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. He designed it especially for the World’s Colombian Exposition in 1893, after graduating with a degree in civil engineering.

George Ferris was interested in designing and building bridges and eventually established his own company.

But in 1891, his attention turned to the large exposition in Chicago, Illinois, whose directors had challenged engineers to create something unique.

They wanted something that would rival the famous Eiffel Tower, which had attracted global attention at the Paris International Exposition just four years earlier.

Planners of the Chicago exposition were intrigued by Ferris’ design, but at first, they didn’t believe a giant rotating wheel would be safe.

However, George Ferris ultimately convinced them that it would work and managed to secure investments of $400,000 to construct the first Ferris wheel.

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