History of the Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel was invented by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Ferris wanted to design a ride that would showcase the engineering prowess of the United States, and so he came up with the idea of a massive wheel that would lift people up into the air for a breathtaking view of the city. He designed the wheel to be a centerpiece of the fair and to rival the Eiffel Tower.

The first Ferris Wheel was 264 feet tall and featured 36 cars, each capable of holding up to 60 passengers. The ride quickly became a sensation and has since become a popular attraction at amusement parks around the world.

Today, Ferris Wheels come in a variety of sizes and designs, but they all continue to offer riders a unique perspective and breathtaking views from high above the ground. It has become an iconic part of amusement fairs around the world.

Come ride one of two Ferris Wheels at the Queen Charlotte Fair!

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