Google doodle pays tribute to Ferris Wheel inventor
February 14, 2013
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 died in 1896 at age 37.
One member of the Ferris family remained in the Valley though when Margaret Ferris married H.F. Dangberg Sr. in 1866 and became the matron for that ranching family until her death on March 9, 1946.