The Devil in the White CityIn his speech before his wheel to on tis first passengers, George Ferris "happily assured the audience that the man condemned for having 'wheels in his head' had gotten...

The Devil in the White City

In his speech before his wheel to on tis first passengers, George Ferris "happily assured the audience that the man condemned for having 'wheels in his head' had gotten them out of his head and into the heart of the Midway Plaisance" p.279. In what ways is the eniteire Fair an example of the power of human ingenuity, of the ability to realize the dreams of imagination?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Well, it was a huge risk to select Chicago for the site of the World's Fair.  It's not an all-season kind of town; it required major engineering feats because the site was so near the water; it was the "uncivilized" West; it was a city of crime and corruption.  YET the event happened, and it topped the previous World's Fair in Paris--something no one thought would happen anywhere, let alone Chicago.

Burnham had to fight all these obstacles and more to see his vision come to fruition.  He got little help from the professional architects, and his partner died before the project was finished. 

We saw electricity for the first time; the Ferris wheel was the amazing "wow" factor of the event--and the forerunner to the modern-day amusement park.  Cracker Jacks and chocolate bars and zippers and pay toilets and...well, the list goes on. 

Half as many people attended this Fair as the entire population of the United States.  This was a testament to one man's perseverance and vision, of course, but it's also a tribute to the ingenuity of the creative and innovative people who did their part to make the Fair a success.

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