Through the Eye of the Needle

The Seattle skyline would be nothing without its Space Needle. This iconic structure was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and has become the visual heart of the city. On this day, we first visited the Needle to get a bird’s eye view of the city of the city we were about to explore. We were luckily enough to meet up with Kimmer’s old colleague, Joe, and he agreed that the best place to start a tour of the city was atop the mighty Space Needle. Man, he was right!

The trip to the top took only 43 seconds going 10 miles per hour, and from the top we had a clear view of thecity’s hustle and bustle, as well as Mt. Ranier in the distance and the Puget Sound with steam ships and ferries coming and going.

The 605 foot structure is built to withstand winds of over 200 mph and earthquakes of as deadly as a 9.1 magnitude. Edward E. Carlson, chairman of the World’s Fair had a vision for a tower with a high-rise bistro, and today, the rotating bistro is a huge tourist draw. It cost only $4.5 million to build and hosted over 2.3 million visitors (at $5 a pop) during the fair – not a bad profit for a novelty tower.  The Needle’s 2000 renovation cost $21 million.

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