Ferris Wheel

1st Ferris wheel June 21, 1893

Inventor

  • George Washington Gale Ferris
  • Opened June 21,1893
  • Built at the World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893


GWFerris By: Users Tohma, Vierundnull This image is used by the public domain by Creative Commons.

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First Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel This images is used by the public domain by Creative Commons.


Production

  • The height of the first Ferris wheel was 264 feet
  • Supporting towers were 140 feet tall
  • The axle - the largest piece of steel ever forged in the US - weighed 46 1/2 tons.
  • Had two 1,000 horsepower steam engines and stopped by an over sized air brake.
  • Cost $400,000 to construct


Amsterdam Ferris Wheel By: David from Amsterdam This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Facts

  • Can fit from 40 to 60 people per car

  • Carried 36 cars
  • The Wheel weighted 2,079,884 pounds
  • It was blown to pieces after 13 years by 200 pounds of dynamite





Ferris Wheel at a Fair in Queenland, CA. 1915 By: Item is held by John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. This images is used by the public domain by Creative Commons.