28 West 27th St, 3rd Flr
Ferris Wheel Model - Construction prototype
12 x 12 x 16 in
Although small revolving wooden wheels were known in old-time fairs, the Ferris Wheel as we know it today is just a century old, the invention of George Washington Gale Ferris (1859 - 1896), a brilliant Pittsburgh civil engineer who took advantage fo the latest structural-steel technology of his day to build an enormous revolving wheel at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Ferris' idea became so popular that his design has been copied since then in thousands of smaller wheels at carnivals, amusement parks, and fairs around the world.