Over 100 years after the 1904 World’s Fair closed, the giant Ferris wheel remains one of its most memorable features. Even for St. Louisans several generations removed from 1904, the image of the wheel towering above the surrounding landscape remains the iconic representation of the Fair. We still like to imagine what it was like and speculate on what happened to it when the Fair was over.
The wheel used at the Fair actually made its debut at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. It was a technological and industrial marvel, as well as a popular and profitable attraction. Read more »