Santa Monica, which is the western terminus of old Route 66 national highway, is also home to a classic Ferris Wheel. Now 22 years old, the wheel is located on Santa Monica Pier, which juts out into the Pacific Ocean.
The 130-foot wheel with its 20 gondolas celebrated its 20th birthday on in 2016 by unveiling a $1 million lighting package, which included 174,000 LED lights. The new lights boast greater color depth, higher resolution and faster "frames per second" display speed, at its seaside Pacific Park locale.
The eco-friendly, enhanced LED lighting provides 75 percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheel’s traditional incandescent bulbs. The Pacific Wheel now presents dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment each evening.
Other Ferris Wheel postings on Pillartopost.org
July 20, 2016—Staten Island, New York
August 17, 2016—Las Vegas
September 21, 2016—Tokyo, 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
November 28, 2017, Osaka, Japan
December 27, 2017, Santa Monica, California