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Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Fourth of July Parade

The Rotary Club of Jacksonville invites you to join in the fun and be a part of our Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, July 4, 2024. This year our focus is Building Community Magic. We are celebrating those who play a vital role in preserving, promoting and enhancing our rich culture heritage while building community identity. Their contributions encourage […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]

Event Series Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Big Eli Ferris Wheel

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States

In 1893, W.E. Sullivan visited the Colombian Exposition, where he marveled at the original Ferris Wheel. Mr. Sullivan owned a bridge-building business, the Eli Bridge Company, but remained fascinated by the Wheel and was determined to build one of his own. Sullivan’s first “Big Eli” Wheel debuted in Jacksonville, Illinois’ own Central Park on May 23, 1900. In 1919, a […]