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February 14, 2013
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Google doodle pays tribute to Ferris Wheel inventor

Google's doodle today pays tribute to the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., who was born Feb. 14, 1859.

He only lived in Carson Valley for a short time, but legend has it that it was long enough to come up with the ride that bears his name.

After leaving Carson Valley and graduating from engineering school, Ferris presented the idea of building the first Ferris Wheel for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

According to one story, Ferris was inspired to create the ride by watching a water wheel on the Carson River. Ferris …

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 14, 2013 06:11PM Published Feb 14, 2013 11:00AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.