The 212-foot-tall Texas Star ferris wheel remains erect year round in Fair Park, a permanent fixture in the Dallas skyline for nearly three decades now. But, it only operates during the annual State Fair of Texas (this year, Sept. 29-October 24).
It has an overall height of 212 feet (20-stories) and was the tallest Ferris wheel in North America from 1985 until the opening of the 250-foot Star of Puebla, Mexico, on July 2013. Since then the High Roller in Las Vegas became king of the hill at 550 feet (2014).
But, the Texas Star remains a sight to behold regardless of its height. It can carry up to 264 passengers in its 44 gondolas. The view is one of the best in Texas. On a clear day, those on the Texas Star can see the downtown Fort Worth skyline, some 40 miles away.
Built by SDC Corp. in Reggio Emilia, Italy, at a cost of $2.2 million, it was shipped to Dallas for its debut at the 1985 State Fair of Texas. It is lit up at night with a red, white, and blue LED lights.
Other Ferris Wheel postings on Pillartopost.org
July, 20, 2016—Staten Island, New York
August 17, 2016—Las Vegas
September 21, 2016—Japan
October 19, 2016—Nanchang, China
November 9, 2016—Dubai
December 14, 2016—Melbourne
January 11, 2017—London Eye
February 7, 2017—Chicago
March 15, 2017—Singapore
April 4, 2017--Vienna
May—Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
June 14, 2017—Helsinki, Finland
July 26, 2017—Orlando, Florida
August 23, 2017—Tianjin Eye, China
September 13, 2017—Paris, France
October 25, 2017—Dallas, Texas.