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FERRIS, George Washington Gale [1859-1896] -- American civil engineer and inventor (Ferris wheel)

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He was the inventor of the Ferris wheel.

This wonder of engineering was a hit at the 1893 world's fair in Chicago. Compared to the dinky wheels we see nowadays, it was colossal. Each of the 36 coaches was the size of a San Francisco cable car!

Wheel diameter: 250 feet
  (comparable to a 20-story building)
Coaches: 36
Each coach:
  27 feet x 13 feet x 9 feet
  40 passengers
  13 tons empty weight
Axel: 33 inches x 45 feet
  56 tons
Weight of wheel with passengers:
  1300 tons
Total weight, including supporting structures:
  4300 tons
Total capacity: 1440 passengers
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