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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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George Ferris (1859)

American engineer George Ferris worked on a number of bridge projects in the 1880s and 90s, but he is best remembered today for his contribution to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago—a huge revolving observation wheel. The "Ferris wheel" was designed to be an engineering marvel that would rival the Eiffel Tower, the icon of the 1889 Paris Exposition. A resounding success, it drew about 1.5 million riders over the course of the fair. How many could take a whirl on the wheel at once? More...
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:46:24 AM

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Ferris was robbed of the money made by his Ferris Wheel at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893. His invention is still visible all over the world in such examples as the Eye of London and he Roue de Paris, a transportable Ferris wheel, originally installed on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, for the 2000 millennium celebrations. I love seeing a city from the top of a Ferris Wheel. I wonder how he fared in court when he sued the owners of the World Fair?
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The Ferris Wheel had 36 cars, each fitted with 40 revolving chairs and able to accommodate up to 60 people, giving a total capacity of 2,160.[10] When the fair opened, it carried some 38,000 passengers daily, taking 20 minutes to complete two revolutions, the first involving six stops to allow passengers to exit and enter and the second a nine-minute non-stop rotation, for which the ticket holder paid 50 cents. It carried 2.5 million passengers before it was finally demolished in 1906.
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:14:18 AM

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What a delicious thrill it must have been for people of that era to experience this.
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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 12:25:04 PM

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Gustave Eiffel, George Ferris...
In Brazil we have Oscar Niemeyer. We had not an engineer but a memorable architect.
He is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture.
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:56:15 PM
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When I began my career as an architect in 1960 in Reno, NV, I worked for an architect/engineer named L A "Monk" Ferris, whose father, George Ferris, established an architectural firm in that city. It was always my conceit to believe that this was the man who invented the Ferris Wheel, but a television broadcast some few years ago showed that the man for whom I worked and the man who invented the wheel named for him were actually two different George Ferrises, although both lived in Nevada. I like my story better.
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 5:15:28 PM

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What a simple yet innovative concept. Ferris was a pioneer.

Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:51:49 PM

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you might say he reinvented the wheel

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