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The Space Needle

More than a million people a year visit Seattle’s Space Needle, which towers to 605 feet. Built in the early 1960's as a feature of the 1962 World’s Fair, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River at the time of its completion. The land it’s built on, a 120 x 120-foot plot, was obtained for a mere $75,000. The rest of the building project cost $4.5 million.

The Space Needle was designed to withstand earthquakes up to magnitude 9.1 and wind velocity up to 200 miles per hour. In order to stabilize the structure to meet these goals, a hole 30-feet deep and 120-feet across was dug on the site; it took 467 cement trucks an entire day to fill the hole. At 5,850 tons, the foundation weighs more than the above-ground structure. The Space Needle is fastened to its hefty foundation with 72 thick anchor bolts that each measure 30 feet in length.

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