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Details and History The Wikimedia Commons offers a multitude of historical images with no restrictions on use. This 1893 B. W. Kilburn stereoview, shows The wonder of the age, Midway Plaisance, World's Columbian Exposition. The eponymous designer of the wheel, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., constructed it as a "tallest ever" landmark for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

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Exposition Grounds, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago

The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition grounds were truly magnificent. Artists & architects followed guidelines: classical Greek style, no taller than 60 ft., & all buildings were to be painted white.

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893 Description: At the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, visitors eat their lunch in the shade of a monolithic statue adorning one of the far buildings.