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CBS Sunday Morning's Almanac segment today was about the opening of the first Ferris Wheel. They included images of the wheel in Chicago, plus its reincarnation in St. Louis, which was startling because the photo had a large "Jerusalem" sign for that pavilion, which almost looked like a notation on the image. They also had a bit on the London Eye, with an MP who said it should be sent to "Blackpool or Brooklyn," followed by pictures of the Wonder Wheel. They also had a picture of the modern wheel in Tianjin, China, built on a bridge.

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Just rode the big wheel on Navy Pier in Chicago Last week.

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And while it was indeed big-- it was dwarfed by its predecessor.

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Great views of downtown, as well--

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But I couldn't help wondering how different the view was 116 years ago!

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I'm not seeing the modern downtown view, Trey.

Can you imagine 2160 people on one Ferris wheel - 115 years ago? :o

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What amazes me is the fact that the modern wheel on the right looks like there are more ground supports than the one from the fair on the left.

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On a related note, Beijing is about to open the World's Largest Ferris Wheel (682 feet) with a passenger capacity still shy of what Chicago's original Wheel in 1893 could handle.

Here's a recent Popular Mechanics article about it:

Beijing Great Wheel - Popular Mechanics

And here's some other pix of it which I managed to find online:

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Might have to take a ride on this big daddy when I'm in China with my family next summer!

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I don't think that is the same view of Chicago today and as it looked at the time of the Columbian (unless I misunderstand what you are saying in the post, Trey). The Columbian was in Jackson Park considerably south of the Loop and downtown Chicago. A Century of Progress was much closer in location to the modern view you provide.

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