Could San Antonio Soon Be Home to the World’s Largest Ferris Wheel?

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San Antonio news sources reported last week that a proposal to build a 900-foot-high Ferris Wheel near the Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio was submitted to the Federal Aviation Agency. Details remain sketchy on the topic, with the alleged builder of the structure remaining a mystery. Also, the property where the Ferris wheel is proposed to be built is currently owned by CPS Energy, who claim that, while the company did put the property up for sale earlier this year, they have since pulled it off the market, spokesman Jonathan Tijerina said. It doesn’t have plans to sell it now and doesn’t know who is behind the Ferris wheel, he said.

Proposed to be 900 Feet Tall

San Antonio skyline

Photo: Flickr/Nan Palmero

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford confirmed to news agencies that the proposal is for a large Ferris wheel – one that would be 900 feet tall. The FAA studies construction that is tall enough to interfere with local airspace. If the plans are real and it gets built, it would be the tallest building in San Antonio and the tallest Ferris wheel in the world by far – towering over the current record-holder, the 550-foot High Roller in Las Vegas. So far, the FAA is remaining tight-lipped about the attraction as well, stating, that the proposal has not been studied and outcomes “…will be posted at a later date.”

Origin of the Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden

The original Ferris Wheel, (sometimes also referred to as the Chicago Wheel) was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. With a height of 264 feet, it was the tallest attraction at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, where it opened to the public on June 21, 1893. It was intended to rival the 1,063-foot-tall Eiffel Tower, the centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition.