When my husband had me in line at the Ferris wheel, without thinking I blurted out “who was the maniac who thought this up?” My husband looked at me as if I had three heads and replied “Ferris obviously” I lost my mind, I think because I hate heights and my husband was taking me up on a Ferris wheel. This one had gondola cages so it wasn’t as bad as the last one I was on, open and old swaying in the open air making me sick to my stomach while my children laughed gleefully at my expense; in their defense, they were little, we were at the Blandford fair and they had begged me to take them up, I couldn’t say no. I survived the ordeal, this Ferris wheel ride wasn’t bad at all, I was busy taking pictures which helped a lot.
I did look up Mister Ferris, he was partially inspired with what Gustave Eiffel had done for the 1889 World Fair in Paris and he wanted to do something even more spectacular for the 1893 World Fair in Chicago. His Ferris wheel was a hit, its thirty-six wooden cars held up to sixty riders each. The ride cost fifty cents and made $726,805.50 during the World’s Fair. Isn’t that incredible?!