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Top Of Texas Tower: Dallas' Space Needle

Posted: Jan. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
New observation tower for Dallas
Fair Park

For a long time Dallas has had an envy for Seattle's Space Needle, and now it will have its own under the name "The Top Of Texas Tower" which will cost 11 million dollars and stand 500 feet tall. It's an impressive structure which now gives Dallas two observation towers to look out from.

Just over a hundred years ago when the Praetorian Building opened on Dallas’ Main Street, the local residents and country folk paid a quarter a pop to go up to 16th floor and look out over the town.


In the times before commercial air travel and when skyscrapers were mostly confined to the big Eastern cities, Dallas people loved to go up on tall buildings for the view.


I guess they still do. And it’s keeping with tradition that construction is underway in Fair Park on a 500-foot tall “observation tower” that will offer an even loftier perch than the nearby Texas Star Ferris wheel.


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