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The Ferris Wheel was invented by George Washington Gale Ferris, of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Mr. Ferris was born near Chicago and the idea for the Ferris Wheel first entered his mind while eating in a Chicago restaurant. This was the first Ferris Wheel in the world and was Chicago's attempt to out-do the Eiffel Tower built for the Paris World's Fair of 1889. It was reported that 1,500,000 visitors rode the Ferris Wheel during the course of the fair.

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