The History of the Wheel


Clifton Hill Fun Pass

Located on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario is Canada’s largest observation wheel. Standing 175 feet tall (53 metres), with 42 climate-controlled gondolas, the Niagara SkyWheel is one of Niagara’s most popular tourist attractions. With full views of the Niagara landscape, including a first-hand glance at the majestic Niagara Falls, it makes you stop and think how far technology has come.

 

How much do you know about its evolution? Here is a brief history of the Ferris Wheel.
  • The earliest designs of wheels used for amusement rides may have been based on the large, circular wheels used to lift water for irrigation in about 200 B.C.
  • “Pleasure wheels” originated in 17th century Bulgaria. Passengers rode in chairs suspended from large wooden rings turned by strong men, with a large post on either side.
  • In England, small hand turned wheels were called “ups-and-downs” as early as 1728.

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