Eli Bridge Company

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Eli Bridge Company
Private company
Founded U.S.
Founder W. E. Sullivan
Headquarters Jacksonville, Illinois, U.S.
Area served
Key people
W. E. Sullivan
Lee Sullivan
Patty Sullivan
Products Amusement rides
Family attractions
Website elibridge.com

Eli Bridge Company is a family owned amusement ride manufacturer headquartered in Jacksonville, Illinois, U.S.


W. E. Sullivan, owner of Eli Bridge Company, a bridge building business in Illinois, rode the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel at the World's Columbian Exposition. Inspired by this, he collaborated with machinist James H. Clements and their first Big Eli wheel debuted in Central Park, Jacksonville, Illinois, on May 23, 1900. In 1955, Eli Bridge Co. produced its first non-wheel amusement ride, The Scrambler. Eli Bridge products can be found in amusement parks around the world. Today, Eli Bridge remains a family-owned company. Lee Sullivan, chairman of the board, is the grandson of company founder W. E. Sullivan, and president/CEO Patty Sullivan is the great granddaughter of W. E. Sullivan.[1]

Ferris wheels[edit]

  • Signature Series: 16 cars, 3 passengers per car; transportable
  • Eagle Series: 16 cars, 3 passengers per car; transportable
  • HY-5 Series: 12 cars, 3 passengers per car; transportable
  • Aristocrat Series: 16 cars, fixed site
  • Standard Series: 12 cars, fixed site
  • Lil' Wheel: 6 cars, 3 passengers per car; transportable and fixed site models


  • Next Generation Series: mobile
  • Standard Series: fixed site
  • Lil' Scrambler: 12 seat mobile or fixed site

Family rides[edit]

  • Construction Zone: mobile & fixed site
  • SpiderMania: Mobile and fixed site


  1. ^ "Eli Bridge Company history". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official website