The first ever ferris wheel was done for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The previous worlds fair was in Paris, and the Eiffel Tower was the talk of fair. How brilliant the French were! How forward thinking. America could not be left behind. So they an American Engineer named Ferris did this wacky design where a 250-foot wheel would rotate and carry people in boxes the size of train cars.
This first Ferris wheel was HUGE. Let us compare it to the Ferris Wheel currently up on Chicago’s Navy Pier: