Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis 2004: `Bring Back the Ferris Wheel'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis 2004: `Bring Back the Ferris Wheel'

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It stood 250 feet high and thrilled 1,440 passengers at a time before passing into local lore.

The Ferris wheel that towered over the 1904 World's Fair now rests under Forest Park, according to legend. But could St. Louis resurrect the mammoth ride - or, more likely, erect a replica - 100 years after the fair? "They should bring back the Ferris wheel," said Byron Clanton, who helps his parents, Terry and Peggy, run World's Fair Donuts, 1904 South Vandeventer Avenue. "That's what everyone thinks of when 1904 comes to mind."

The shop got its name from its address.

On Tuesday afternoon, customers said the commemoration of the fair's centennial should include a healthy dose of nostalgia. Earlier Tuesday, banker Andrew B. Craig III called on civic leaders to begin preparations for 2004.

Organizers of the festivities should unearth artifacts from the 1904 fair from under the turf of Forest Park and put them on display, said cab driver John Lewis.

"It's probably like a time capsule except not as well preserved because most of the structures were made of plaster of Paris," he said. …

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