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The Space Needle
By Shannon Jackson
1 "When are we ever going to get to drive onto the ferry, Daddy?" Katie was so excited that she could hardly stand it. Katie had been studying Seattle, the Emerald City (as her dad called it), for three months since they'd moved to Port Orchard. Her family had moved because her dad was now stationed in Bremerton, which is west of Seattle across Puget Sound. Katie's dad was a chief in the U.S. Navy.
2 Then her dad started the engine and followed the cars in front of them. They were directed by a lady in an orange vest. After parking the car, the Kelly family went up the steps of the ferry onto the deck to get a quick snack. The ferry ride would last an hour.
3 Katie took out the book she had borrowed from the library. She had first checked it out after moving to Port Orchard. When she had asked her mom about the Space Needle, her mom had been too busy unpacking to answer her questions. Katie knew the next best place to find the answers to her questions would be the local library.
4 Katie had read about how concrete had been poured into a hole that was 30 feet deep and 120 feet across. It had taken 467 concrete trucks an entire day just to fill the hole. When the 605-foot tall Space Needle was completed, it became the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Katie hoped that her family would someday be able to go to dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top. It would be so cool to watch the scenery change during the forty-seven minutes it took the restaurant to go all the way around.
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