Deno's Wonder Wheel in Brooklyn, New York

Around the turn of the century, a Romanian-born amusement engineer named Charles Herman decided he wanted to create a ride that would combine the thrill of a scenic railway, Ferris wheel and Chute-the-Chutes. From this, the Wonder Wheel was born. (Initially, it was to be called the "Dip-the-Dip.")

The wondrous ride opened to the public at Coney Island on Memorial Day in 1920. The addition of the name "Deno" didn't come for another 60 years. When Herman died, the operation of the ride...

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