Fun Fact Friday


  •  Smith Tower, a 42-story building constructed in 1914, was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Now the top floors are condos.
  •  When the Space Needle was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
  • Mr. Carlson’s vision for the space-age tower was inspired by the Stuttgart Tower in Germany.
  • The Boeing Company, founded in the Seattle area by William Boeing, was originally a boat company. Mr. Boeing was fascinated with flying and airplanes.
  • The Klondike gold rush greatest boom period for Seattle after gold was discovered in Canada’s Klondike region in August 1896. Seattle established itself as the jumping-off point for transportation to and from Alaska and the gold fields of the Yukon.
  •  George Vancouver was the first European to visit Seattle in May 1792 during his 4-year-long expedition to chart the Pacific Northwest.
  • Seattle was first economic growth boom was built on the timber industry. Early arriving developers converted a forest of trees more than a 1000 years old and 400 feet high into logs, and then milled timber for shipping to San Francisco.
  • Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain. You can buy a unique mug (if you collect them) at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market, first opened in 1971.
  • At 76 stories and 937 feet, the black-colored Columbia Center is Seattle’s tallest building and is 12th tallest building in the country. Locals nicknamed it the “Darth Vader” building.
  • Seattle is the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix while Bing Crosby was born in nearby Tacoma.
  • Seattle was the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio.
  • Seattle has the second-highest per capita rate of live music performances in the United States. New York City is first.
  • The Washington State Ferry System is the largest in the country and the third largest in the world, carrying more than 25 million passengers each year.

3 responses to “Fun Fact Friday

  1. There is a building in Las Vegas that looks very similar to the Space Needle called the Stratosphere that would not have been built if my husband, who was the advisor to the owner of the property, did not convince the guy to build it. He only had enough to build the base and not the building at the very top. He had no investors. My husband was convinced the investors would come once they saw the structure being built and he was right! The rides at the top cane later. The people who built them proposed they be added.

    Howard Hues, a well known pilot and flying enthusiast, once owned property outside of Vegas. I am a volunteer docent there.

    Las Vegas’s oldest building still standing was built in the 1850s and was once part of a Mormon fort. During the building of Hoover Dam, just an hour outside of Vegas, the building was a cement testing site.

    Vegas became a city when it became a stopping point for steam engines to fill up on water. There used to be many underground surfers, but they dried up in the 30s because residents didn’t cap their wells.

    I live right around the corner from Liberace’s old house. I see it everyday.

    We once thought about buying an old mobster associate’s house, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal. Now, I live a few blocks from where the mob tried to kill him in a car bombing in front of a restaurant. An adult store stands there now. What saved him was a metal plate underneath the driver’s side of his car. At the time, that model was the only one like it.

    Elvis used to play frequently at the hotel now known as the Westgate. There are tons of photos of him inside. He loved Vegas.

    Gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931. There is a city not too far from Vegas where gambling is illegal called “Boulder City”. This city was established for the families of those building Hoover Dam.

    Prostitution is very legal in Nevada. There are white houses everywhere, except in the two most heavily populated counties, Clark and Washoe. Clark County is in the South where Vegas is and Washoe is up North where Reno is. Nevada is sparsely populated in between.

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