In 1889, Gustave Eiffel created the Eiffel Tower for the Paris World’s Fair. The Eiffel Tower amazed people. The next World’s Fair happened in Chicago, Illinois, in 1893. Before the fair, organizers looked for another amazing idea. They asked the best designers and architects to suggest designs. George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was a simple bridge builder, but he had an idea. Ferris shared his idea with the organizers, and they loved it.
Ferris created a gigantic wheel. It was not as tall as the Eiffel Tower, but it could rotate. People could ride on this wheel and see many different things in the fair below them. The Chicago Wheel became the main attraction of the 1893 World’s Fair. The wheel held 2,160 people at one time, and each ride was 20 minutes long. This original Ferris wheel was very popular, and people began to build many other Ferris wheels.