February 14 Birthday: WHO INVENTED THE FERRIS WHEEL? George Ferris

George Ferris
b. February 14, 1859
d. November 22, 1896

WHO INVENTED THE FERRIS WHEEL? GEORGE FERRIS
(Enslow, 2012)

by Sara Latta

Summary:
“Let’s go for a spin! Lots of people have ridden on Ferris Wheels, but
do you know who invented the first one? Learn about George Ferris’s life
and the first Ferris Wheel ever built. Make your own miniature Ferris
Wheel, too!”

The Chicago History Museum has additional information about the first Ferris While.

February 14 Birthday: GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL

George Ferris
b. February 14, 1859
d. November 22, 1896

GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL
(Grosset & Dunlap, 2014)
by Barbara Lowell
illustrated by Jerry Hoare

Summary:
George Ferris, ever confident, didn’t know that the 1893 Chicago
World’s Fair would make him famous, but when engineers were challenged
to build something original and unique, he knew he was the person to
create it. George had to convince the fair officials, find the money and
design and build an amusement wheel that could hold 2,160 people at the
same time, something no one had ever done before.