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Jackson's Ferris wheel spins into new life

September 21, 2009 7:49:35 AM PDT
A Ferris wheel once owned by Michael Jackson is quietly touring the Midwest.

A liquidation sale scattered many of the rides from Jackson's Neverland Ranch in California.

Jackson reportedly purchased the Ferris wheel for $215,000 in 1990. It stayed there as Jackson was accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at the ranch in 2003.

He was acquitted two years later, but the scandal drove him from Neverland. Over the next four years, the property fell into disrepair.

Co-owner Theresa Noerper says Archway Amusements bought the 65-foot-tall Ferris wheel last year. The Missouri-based company began taking it on the seasonal fair and carnival circuit.

Archway Amusements doesn't go out of its way to publicize the Ferris wheel's ties to Jackson. But word of mouth has gotten to some hardcore Jackson fans.

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