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Chicago’s revolutionary attraction

Designed to shame the Eiffel Tower, the world’s first Ferris wheel appeared at a great fair commemorating the landing of Columbus in the New World.
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Chicago’s revolutionary attraction

400th anniversary of the turning point in the history of America required special architectural decisions. An entirely new attraction was invented by George W. Ferris, a civil engineer from Pennsylvania.

The construction crew had only four months before the opening of the fair, and the coldest winter in memory didn’t help matters.

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Despite all the difficulties, the Wheel was completed on time and immediately became a huge success.

After 13 years of operation and several relocations, the Ferris Wheel fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1906.

The popularity of the revolutionary attraction has brought plenty of followers all around the world. 

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