Scenes from the
1893 World's Fair
The Columbian Exposition
Chicago, Illinois
by
C Graham

 


 

Along the Plaisance

ALONG THE PLAISANCE

The chief wonder of the Fair of 1893 was the work of George Washington Gale Ferris, a man born west of Chicago.  Here the sight-seer was elevated two hundred and fifty feet above the ground.  The axle of the Ferris wheel  was forty-five feet long, thirty-two inches in diameter, and seventy tons in weight.  The steel towers upon which the axle rested are one hundred forty feet high and were put into the earth thirty-five feet.  Costing $380,000, it had earned its entire cost on September 1, 1893 when it forwarded $25,000 to the Exposition as royalty on the first profits.

 

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