Troy Night Out: Mr. Ferris and His Fabulous Wheel

Friday, June 28th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Mr. Ferris and His Fabulous Wheel: The Troy Connection

When the first-ever Ferris Wheel went into operation at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago on 21 June 1893, it was an instant sensation, attracting 1.6 million riders in under 5 months. And of course, there have been ferris wheels throughout the world ever since. Few people know, however, that the wheel’s inventor, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., used to live in Troy, New York, and in all likelihood, he patterned his famous wheel after a well-known industrial device right here in Troy. This talk will tell the tale of that first wheel’s triumphant appearance, document all we know about its Troy connections, and then tell the sad tale of its later ignominious demise in St. Louis.

P. Thomas Carroll is a graduate of Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania, and former Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway from 1997 to 2013, and now the Gateway’s “Senior Scholar.”

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