Chicago Wheel
Chicago ferris wheel.jpg


George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr./1893 World's Columbian Exposition


Ferris Wheel


Equivalent temporal exchange


Lasts only twenty minutes


Entering carriage while wheel is powered

Collected by

Warehouse 12


Area YFR-885CT

Date of Collection

December 29, 1904


Origin[edit | edit source]

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. created the Ferris Wheel for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The event planners wanted something bold and noble to rival the Eiffel Tower in Paris four years earlier. Ferris contacted them and convinced them to build it, helping the fair pull itself into the profit margin. The wheel was dismantled and rebuilt twice; the Warehouse saved it from demolition at the end of the 1904 World’s Fair.

Storage[edit | edit source]

As one of the largest artifacts in the Warehouse, it has been afforded its own separate floor space. The wheel has been spotted many times in flybys through the Warehouse and in some opening credits.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Absorbing the six months of innovation, expectation, and hope for the future that the exposition brought, the Chicago Wheel gained the ability to trade people across time - entering a carriage of the Ferris wheel will bring the user to 1893, and a fair-goer from 1893 to the present day. Who is affected appears to be influenced by whoever entered that same carriage at that same time in 1893. The trip will only last for a full rotation of the wheel (twenty minutes), upon which the two temporally swapped people will be forcibly ripped back to their own times.

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