5. The original Ferris Wheel was bigger than I realized, at "a bit higher than the crown of the ... Statue of Liberty" (p. 185), so I asked about you to think about the size of the thirty-six "cars" on the Ferris Wheel.
Several days ago Zorro asked, "Did he say 100 people per car?? Please tell me what the capacity actually was." Sorry to make you wait so long, Mary, but here's the answer:
George Ferris planned to build a vertically revolving wheel 250 feet in diameter. The thirty-six cars, "each about the size of a Pullman" (a train car), would each hold sixty people and come equipped with its own lunch counter. Can you imagine a wheel large enough to "propel 2,160 people at a time three hundred feet into the sky over Jackson Park"? I can't!
Since some of you probably don't click on the photos to make them bigger, I want to show you ... again! ... the one I found of Ferris's completed wheel. This time I'll try to make it as large as possible. (If you click on it, you can make it even larger. Then you can see each "car" more clearly.)
Though I'm struggling to make myself read the parts about Holmes, Marylyn has the opposite problem: "In part II I got bored with all the construction talk and started anxiously anticipating Holmes’s next devious act." Marylyn, we are constitutionally very different people! But I guess we both already knew that, huh? LOL.