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Space Needle card 1962

The Seattle Landmark opened in 1962

Space Needle card 1962 back Space Needle Menu 1962

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Space Needle Bar Menu 1962

$1.25 for a dry Martini

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Space Needle Candle

Surprisingly, these are not served,

Space Noodles

Another tasty viewSpace Needle Menu 2 North

So, tell me more about The Space Needle,

The five level top house dome was completed with special attention paid to the revolving restaurant level and Observation Deck. The top house was balanced so perfectly that the restaurant rotated with just a one horsepower electric motor. In keeping with the 21st Century theme, the final coats of paint were dubbed Astronaut White for the legs, Orbital Olive for the core, Re-entry Red for the halo and Galaxy Gold for the sunburst and pagoda roof. The 605-foot tall Space Needle was completed in December 1961 and officially opened a mere four months later on the first day of the World’s Fair, April 21, 1962.

  • The Observation Deck is at 520 feet, the SkyCity Restaurant at 500 feet and the  SkyLine Banquet Facility at 100 feet.
  • There are 848 steps from the bottom of the basement to the top of the Observation Deck.
  • During the construction of the Space Needle, it took 467 cement trucks less than 12 hours to fill the foundation hole (30 feet deep and 120 feet across). This was the largest continuous concrete pour ever attempted in the West.
  • When the Space Needle was built in 1962, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It is fastened to its foundation with 72 bolts, each 30 feet in length.
  • The Space Needle sways approximately 1 inch for every 10 mph of wind. It was built to withstand a wind velocity of 200 miles per hour.
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And not quite memorabilia, but memorable

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