I've always found it just crazy that they (ie, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. and the folks who liked his idea) decided to build the first Ferris Wheel, they didn't stop to test small-scale versions of the idea or anything. No, they tried the idea of a giant spinning wheel by building it 264 feet tall with 36 40-seat cars. It blows my find that this actually had a happy ending.
Photographs from the Ferris wheel's start and its happily ever after.
|Library of Congress|
That original, at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Source
|State Library and Archives Florida|
Taos, New Mexico, ca. 1945. Source
|State Library of Queensland|
A Ferris wheel in Brisbane, Australia, ca. 1918. Source