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Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel reaches new heights

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Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel reaches new heights

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Nov 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas High Roller reached new heights on Wednesday as the observation wheel's first passenger cabin was rotated to the highest point on the wheel's rim.

At 550 feet, the rotation of the cabin to the mid-center point of the rim officially makes the High Roller the world's tallest observation wheel.

As the focal point of The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment's $550 million outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district, the feat marks a major milestone for the Las Vegas Strip attraction.

Ahead of Wednesday's first center-point rotation, the 44,000-pound, glass-enclosed cabin had to travel to the wheel site from its assembly warehouse. It took approximately three hours to travel the cabin 10 miles.

In total, the High Roller will feature 28 cabins that each will hold 40 passengers. The process to attach the additional cabins to the wheel will take place over the course of the next two months.

PHOTOS: High Roller progress

The LINQ will open in phases beginning in late 2013.

During the construction phase, The LINQ and High Roller have employed about 3,000 construction workers and will create approximately 1,500 permanent jobs upon opening.

For more information on The LINQ, click here.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.