Academic journal article Language Arts

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Academic journal article Language Arts

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel Written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis Illustrated by Gilbert Ford Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-5479-5922-1

The 1889 World's Fair in Paris leftvisitors in awe of the magnificent Eiffel Tower, then the tallest man-made structure on earth and constructed specifically for the fair. What could Chicago possibly do for the 1893 World's Fair that would surpass the Eiffel Tower? Many engineers submitted ideas, but none seemed good enough. George Ferris, however, was thinking outside the box. He designed a structure that would move, spinning on an axle, like a giant wheel. Almost as tall as a football field is long, the wheel would carry visitors up, up, up, in enclosed cars with huge windows and velvet seats. The fair's chief engineer proclaimed it would never work and refused to fund the project. …

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