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Space Needle

The Space Needle is a tower. The Space Needle is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest and symbol of the U.S. city of Seattle, Washington. Located on the grounds of Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators -- 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. The Space Needle is a tower 184 m (605 feet) high and 42 m (138 feet) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. When it was completed it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.^ It is built to withstand winds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and earthquakes up to 9.5 magnitude (which, by coincidence, was just enough to resist Seattle's later discovered Cascadia earthquake) and has 25 lightning rods on the roof to prevent lightning damage.

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Former site of a fountain called "Plumber's Nightmare"
Olympic Iliad
Black Lightning
Fisher Plaza
  Former Log Ride
Former Rollercoaster at Seattle Center
Seattle Center Carousel
Fun Forest Amusement Park

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