National Ferris Wheel Day

Today, February 14, is not only Valentine’s Day, it is also National Ferris Wheel Day. The first Ferris wheel, designed by Pennsylvania bridge builder George W. Ferris, was the centerpiece for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) in Chicago.It was 264 feet tall.

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The first Ferris Wheel at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

In recognition of Ferris Wheel Day, here are photos of the Sky Wheel, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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The Sky Wheel was erected in 2011 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At the top, it is 187 feet above the beach (Photo Clair P., Virginia)

The Sky Wheel offers excellent views of stretches of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. The ride is very smooth in the roomy enclosed gondola. My ride was at least five completed revolutions of the wheel, providing an opportunity to experience the wheel, the views, and the geometry of the entire structure.

A ride on the Sky Wheel is a great thing to do on Valentine’s Day (or any other day) with someone special.

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Photos: Jeff Richmond, December 2015

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