The Space Needle, originally named “The Space Cage” opened just in time to kick off the Seattle World’s Fair which ran from April 21-October 21. (The last elevator arrived the day before the fair opened!) Tickets were $1 for adults and 75 cents for children. 2.3 million people rode up to the Space Needle’s Observation Deck during the fair. And interestingly enough, the restaurant also opened with a different name, which offered a hint of the Needle’s name to come: “Eye of the Needle.”

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