TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 2/14/17 – FERRIS WHEEL DAY!
NATIONAL FERRIS WHEEL DAY!
Nobody ever accused George Ferris of thinking small. His winning design for a defining feat of engineering for the World’s Fair was a gigantic steel spinning wheel fitted with 36 passenger cars with 40 swiveling chairs apiece that could carry 2,160 people at one time, offering them a panoramic view of Chicago. The idea was to out-Eiffel the Eiffel Tower, introduced in 1889 at the Paris Exposition. The original Ferris Wheel was 26 stories tall, and a smashing success. It’s such a simple and reliable design that there are uncounted thousands of Ferris Wheels all over the world taking happy kids of all ages for a spin. Here’s to George Ferris (1859-1896), cheated out of his profits at the World’s Fair and dead of typhoid at only 37, but immortal.
•Suggested Activities: Promising your Valentine a spin on Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel this Spring.