ACenturyOfBigEliWheels[Book: Roger A. Deem – 2000 – 21x28cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos]. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Columbian Exposition, it seems appropriate for Eli Bridge Company to publish some facts, as we know them, about Mr. George Washington Gale Ferris and his wonderful Wheel; and how his idea had been perpetuated by William E. Sullivan (creator of the Big Eli Wheel) born two years after Ferris’s birth, who never met Mr. Ferris, but who made “Ferris Wheels” a permanent fixture on the midways of America. This is the history of America’s number one amusement ride, the story of the Eli Bridge Company, builder of dependable Big Eli products since 1900. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.