Texas star

For other uses, see Texas Star (disambiguation).
Texas Star Ferris Wheel
Height 212 feet (64.6 m)[1][2]
Weight 678,554 pounds (308,434 kg)
Cost $2.2 million[3]

Texas Star is the tallest Ferris wheel in North America.[1][4] It is located at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, and operates during the annual State Fair of Texas,[2] where it is the most popular ride.[4]

The structure has an overall height of 212 feet (64.6 m) and can carry up to 264 passengers in its 44 gondolas.[5]

Built by SDC Corp. in Reggio Emilia, Italy, at a cost of $2.2 million,[3] it was shipped to Dallas for its debut at the 1985 State Fair of Texas.[6] The Texas Star requires a staff of 18 employees. The view is one of the things that entices people to ride on it.[7]

From 1985 to 2007, it was illuminated at night by 16,000 incandescent red, white, and blue turbolites.[8] In 2008, the incandescent system was replaced with a longer-lasting, more energy-efficient LED system.[9]

The Texas Star is owned by Barbara Brown and her brother, Mike Sandefur.[10][11]


Coordinates: 32°46′36″N 96°45′33″W / 32.776738°N 96.759269°W / 32.776738; -96.759269

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