Ferris wheel at the seafront in Eastbourne.
A Frenchman, Antonio Manguino, introduced the idea of the wheel to America in 1848, when he constructed a wooden pleasure wheel to attract visitors to his start-up fair in Walton Spring, Georgia (now Spring Street which is in Atlanta, Georgia.)
There, isn't that interesting? I only just learned this when I was reading the history of the Ferris wheel. Wheels had been around for a while but the Ferris wheel as we know it was invented by ...wait for it...an American! His name was George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr, an engineer. In 1893, the directors of the World Expo in Chicago issued a challenge to American engineers to design a monument that was unique and original, something to rival the Eiffel Tower (which was built in 1889, I am sure you all remember.) Mr. Ferris proposed a wheel that would allow visitors to view the entire exhibition. The directors did not think this could be safe! He did so, of course and it was a huge hit with the crowds.
Oh dear, what a sad story this turns out to be. After the fair closed, Mr. Ferris sued the directors claiming that he and his investors were robbed of the $750,000 profit that was made at the fair.
(By the time the Ferris Wheel in Chicago was demolished, it had carried 2.5 million passengers.) George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. died of typhoid fever in 1896. He was only 37.
Dare I say to you that I wish that could make a film about him?
Don't you want to know more about him?
When some famous director makes this movie, you will know where he got the idea!
The London Eye was supposed to be temporary, I can't imagine that they would ever let it go now!
Oh look...here is something I found...
And let's not forget that the London Eye was supposed to be a temporary structure. It was only tentatively given planning permission for the first five years after the millennium. Its future is now secure, in planning terms at least, for at least another 20 years, but it is likely to be there a great deal longer.
See! I told you! It is such a burden being right all the time but I try to muddle through somehow!
Do you like Ferris Wheels? You know I do!
Wheel of Fortune! You know I had to find some kind of wheel video for you!