George Ferris's Invention Was A Big Wheel

By Karen Harris
View of the Ferris wheel on the Midway Plaisance at the World's Columbian Exposition world's fair, Chicago, Illinois, 1893. (Chicago History Museum/Getty Images)

George Ferris

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an engineer educated by the California Military Academy and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1881. He began his career designing bridges for the railroad industry and later started his own company, G.W.G. Ferris & Co., which inspected railroad bridges. His extensive experience with metal bridge construction proved invaluable in the design of the monument that bore his name.