The First Ferris Wheel

The First Ferris Wheel

Created by George Ferris, the first Ferris wheel debuted at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. It was meant to outdo the main attraction at the previous World's Fair in Paris: the Eiffel Tower.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    About one third of America's population visited Chicago in 1893 for the World's Fair. (0:23)

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    The first Ferris wheel debuted at the 1893 World's Fair as a response to the Eiffel Tower. (0:56)

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    The papier-mâché Statue of the Republic stood about as tall as the Statue of Liberty. (1:15)

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