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1st cabin attached to giant Vegas Ferris wheel

  • APThis artist rendering provided by Caesars Entertainment shows an artists rendering of a planned 550-foot-high observation wheel on the Strip in Las Vegas. The wheel is expected to be the largest in the world. The Ferris-style wheel is part of a planned $550 million development on the Strip. (AP Photo/Caesars Entertainment)
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    This artist rendering provided by Caesars Entertainment shows an artists rendering of a planned 550-foot-high observation wheel on the Strip in Las Vegas. The wheel is expected to be the largest in the world. The Ferris-style wheel is part of a planned $550 million development on the Strip. (AP Photo/Caesars Entertainment)

LAS VEGAS >> A giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip has reached its world-record height after crews attached the first cabin to the rim.

The Las Vegas High Roller measures 550 feet tall when the spherical glass pod that was attached Wednesday rotates to the top. The ride is located in Caesars Entertainment’s new, $550 million Linq development.

Crews took special care in moving the 22-ton cabin from its assembly warehouse to the construction site 10 miles away. Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol escorted the pod on its slow, three-hour journey.

Caesars officials say they’ll be attaching 27 more cabins to the wheel’s rim over the next two months.

Each can hold 40 passengers.

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