Ferris Wheel

The amusement ride known as a “Ferris wheel” was invented in Chicago in 1890 and named after George Washington Gale Ferris Junior, its designer.
The first Ferris wheel opened in 1893: it was 250 feet (76 metres) in diameter and could carry 60 people at a time in 36 cars. More than 1.4 million people took the 20 minute ride over the next 19 weeks. It is surprising, therefore, that the wheel was not a financial success, and Ferris died bankrupt at the age of only 37; his original wheel was scrapped in 1906.
The photograph of this particular Ferris wheel was taken in Switzerland, showing just how universal this funfair ride has become during its more than 120 year history.
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