Space Needle Turns 50

Tess IronsStarred Page By Tess Irons, 6th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Space Needle is the most popular landmark in Seattle, Washington. It is a tower that was built for the 1962 World's Fair. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Space Needle is a thing of beauty, and a must-see. Plan your trip and see it for yourself.

What is Space Needle?

It is a needle or syringe-shaped tower located in Seattle Center in the state of Washington, USA. It is 605 feet tall at its highest point and 138 feet wide at its widest point. It weighs 9,550 tons. Its construction was completed in 1962 for the World's Fair. It features an observation deck and a gift shop with a rotating restaurant called SkyCity. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle for only 43 seconds through an elevator that travels at 10 miles per hour. The tower was built to withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour, and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude.

Check this out to see a brief video clip of Space Needle

Observation Deck

From the Observation Deck at 520 feet, one can see see the stunning beauty of the downtown Seattle, the majestic Cascade Mountain, the snow-capped Mount Rainier, the magnificent Mount Baker, the splendid Elliot Bay, and all other surrounding islands.

There are complimentary Swarovski Telescopes that can be used and would magically take you to the beautiful sceneries around the area. You can even spot your car where it is parked, or someone buying a bag of popcorn in a concession stand.

If you're lucky enough, you'll get the chance to meet Sneedle, the very friendly Space Needle mascot and take a picture with him. Children and adults love him so much.

SkyCity Restaurant

This is a rotating restaurant that revolves 360 degrees and allows you to see a guaranteed breath taking views of the city as you dine and enjoy your sumptuous meal. Everything is served fresh. Menus include salad, soup, sea food, meat, pasta, desserts, and other delectables. SkyCity's culinary team uses Northwest grown beef, fresh-caught seafood from the abundant waters of the Pacific Northwest, and produce from local farmers. Elevator ride and visit to the Observation Deck are complimentary when dining. My family and I got the opportunity to dine there a few years ago.

I Made it to the Top

I have been to Space Needle many times and I never get tired seeing it again and again. It is a wonderful experience to be able to see the beauty of Space Needle, which was designated as a historic landmark on April 19, 1999. If you are in Seattle, make sure you visit the place. There's always fun for children and adults.

Space Needle-themed souvenir items are available at the gift shop. There's a large selection of mementos: pens, magnets, mugs, shirts, caps, keychains, and other items you may want to keep for yourself or give away to friends.

Each time I visit Space Needle, I make sure I reach the top, the Observation Deck. In one of my visits, I was able to meet Sneedle, the mascot and had some souvenir photo shots with him, one of which is shown above. It was fun meeting him as he was very friendly.

Celebrating 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago, on April 17, 1961, the ground breaking for the Space Needle project took place. The construction was completed within one year, in time for the opening of the April 1962 World's Fair.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Space Needle kicks off this April with so many things being planned. Everyone is invited to share some recollections and experiences from the first day Space Needle operated. Anyone can contribute stories and photos of special memories experienced at Space Needle. A website is being launched in hopes of creating the world's most complete Space Needle archive. If you have anything to share, visit www.spaceneedle50.com and contribute your stories, experiences, videos, or photos. Be part of Space Needle's history. Great prizes will be given away to the lucky few who can share their old memories.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Space Needle!


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author avatar richellet
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Very nice Tess. Hope I could visit space needle someday:)

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Richellet, come to the US and I'll take you to Space Needle and other beautiful places. Let me know when.

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author avatar ittech
7th Mar 2012 (#)



Great share, thank you.

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for your comment, ittech.

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author avatar Retired
7th Mar 2012 (#)

this is simply superb tess....aye......

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Mar 2012 (#)

I'm glad you like it, writingforfun. Thanks.

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author avatar Buzz
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Beautiful article on Space Needle! Wow, congrats on the STAR, Tess dear.

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you so much, my dear Buzz. I'm glad you like it. Take care.

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author avatar Avery
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Mam tess, mas masaya pala to pa comment-comment na lang! Medyo tamad na rin ako magsulat eh..babasahin ko na lang yung work nyo...Galing! Ibang level ka!

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Mar 2012 (#)

That's so nice of you, Avery. Thanks for visiting me and my article. I miss you. Balik ka na dito. Take care always and please always drop by.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Very nice Star Page, Tess. Like you, I have been to the Space Needle many times . I love dining in the revolving restaurant. Nice tribute to its 50th birthday.

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you, Jerry. I miss your visit. I hadn't heard from you in a while, but I'm glad you're back. Take care.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Mar 2012 (#)

I've been here all along, Tess, I just don't feel qualified o comment on your poetry. Poetry has never been one of my fortes, nor one of my interests. Sorry, Tess. I just don't feel right commenting on something I really don't understand. My mind just doesn't work that way :-((

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Great star page Tess, congrats...

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks, cnwriter. I enjoyed writing this page.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
7th Mar 2012 (#)

im sorry for being late in reading Kabz

i didnt know this structure until i found your article. thanks for the ifno

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Mar 2012 (#)

It's not too late, kabz. I just published this last night. I'm sure you have seen Space Needle at least in the movies like Sleepless in Seattle. Most of the time it's featured in movies that are filmed in Seattle.

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author avatar Funom Makama
8th Mar 2012 (#)

great work and a wonderful piece!

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author avatar Tess Irons
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks a lot, Funom. I appreciate your comment very much.

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2012 (#)

What a fabulous Star page, and what an informative article this is! This is something I have never heard of Tess, so I was amazed to read about it, and those images are simply stunning! Such excellent work my friend..

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author avatar Tess Irons
9th Mar 2012 (#)

I'm glad you enjoyed reading this page, Songbird B. I'm just happy to share my experience, with everyone. Keep visiting because I'll be writing a lot more about my travels.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Wonderful, thank you Tess:0)

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author avatar Tess Irons
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you, Delicia. Your visit to my page is always appreciated.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Mar 2012 (#)

I have not yet been but, one day, I hope. Good information on the space needle. Love the photos. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tess Irons
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks, Denise. If you get the chance to be in Seattle, make sure you visit Space Needle.

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author avatar Anand
23rd Feb 2014 (#)

it is just like a paradice

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