Field Notes Series: #2

The unveiling of the first Ferris wheel.
June 21, 1893.

June 21, 1893

Ruth and I took the train into Chicago for the fair. It was hot, unbelievably hot, but our excitement was too great to be extinguished by the heat.

We had heard they were unveiling some sort of new attraction and we had to see what the fuss was about.

When we arrived among the great crowd of people shuffling about, trying to make their way into the gates, we were amazed at what we saw.

There was a towering structure high above everything else, looming, casting a shadow of wonder and exuberance. It drew us in, we got closer and closer until finally it was our turn. We got on, Ruth grabbed my hand as we got to the top and said “I’ve never been so happy”.

Published by Nate Melugin

This is a creative outlet for me to get out the things that rattle around constantly in my mind.

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