Scenes from the
1893 World's Fair
The Columbian Exposition
Chicago, Illinois
C Graham



Along the Plaisance


The chief wonder of the Fair of 1893 was the work of George Washington Gale Ferris, a man born west of Chicago.  Here the sight-seer was elevated two hundred and fifty feet above the ground.  The axle of the Ferris wheel  was forty-five feet long, thirty-two inches in diameter, and seventy tons in weight.  The steel towers upon which the axle rested are one hundred forty feet high and were put into the earth thirty-five feet.  Costing $380,000, it had earned its entire cost on September 1, 1893 when it forwarded $25,000 to the Exposition as royalty on the first profits.


Cairo Street
Foreign Buildings
Grand Court
Midway Characters
Montana Exhibit
Old Vienna
Scenes in the Irish Village
The Lagoons
The Plaisance
The State Buildings
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