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Ferris Wheel Day
Arts & Entertainment
Round And Round We Go!

When: February 14th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Take a ride on a Ferris Wheel.  From the pier in Santa Monica to the Las Vegas strip, Ferris Wheels can be visited all across the United States.  Be original and make your own miniature wind powered Ferris Wheel for a an arts and crafts project.  

Numbers

The High Roller, in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, measures 550 ft tall. and is currently the world's tallest Ferris wheel in operational status.
 

Description

Competition around the world spans across many disciplines including architecture and engineering.  When the Eiffel tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair held in Paris, France, the gauntlet was raised and many other admiring nations wanted something to best that French architectural marvel.  One notable attempt in the United States however resulted in a wonderful creation that has since given joy to many people around the world after other countries found ways to adopt and build their own.  If you guessed the Ferris Wheel, you guessed correct!  In 1893 the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago needed something grand to capture the imagination of the people and also to provide and answer to the Eiffel Tower to show the U.S. also could provide such ingenuity and grandeur.  George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., an engineer from Pittsburgh proved to be the man for the task. And after having a wild idea to construct a giant wheel, he put pen to paper in the form of a sketch and then worked tirelessly on making his large spinning wheel creation a reality.  His efforts were rewarded when his 250ft wheel, with 36 cars, each capable of holding 60 people was chosen.  It's legacy lives on and today is appreciated at amusement parks around the nation.

Interesting Facts

  1. Over 1.4 million people paid 50 cents for a 20-minute ride on the worlds first Ferris Wheel.
  2. In 1896, the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. went bankrupt and died from Typhoid fever at age the age of 37.
  3. The Pripyat amusement park  in Pripyat, Ukraine. Has a famous Ferris wheel that has since become a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster.  The park and Ferris Wheel opened and closed in 1986.
  4. A very fitting name for the famous Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas, Nevada as it's called the "High Roller."
  5. The largest Ferris Wheel in Europe is located in London, England and is named the "London Eye."
     

Information

Observed:
  • February 14th
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