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The Big Wheel

 

In Seattle, we’re more used to seeing ferries down at the waterfront - but this year, on Pier 57, there’s soon to be a new attraction of a large 175 foot Ferris wheel.

 

This picture was taken about 8-10 days ago, just as workmen had completed building the actual wheel on Pier 57, but before they had installed any of the 42 gondolas. The Pier 57 Ferris wheel - which is due to open around the end of the month, in time for the July 4 holiday - will have breathtaking views across Elliot Bay looking over towards West Seattle and the Olympic Mountains.

 

The Ferris wheel was originally designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., as the landmark exhibit for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago - and was America’s answer to the Eiffel Tower that was the big hit from the previous World’s Fair in Paris, 1889.

 

Local Seattle author Erik Larson has a riveting read, “The Devil and the White City”, an award-winning nonfiction account of the background story to the 1893 World’s Fair and the Ferris Wheel, that also tells the tale of America’s first serial murderer, H.H. Holmes, who preyed on the margins of the Chicago’s World Fair. Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest in a line of Hollywood luminaries to option "Devil" for a possible movie — DiCaprio wants to play H.H. Holmes.

 

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Taken on June 15, 2012