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TALLEST- Tower in the Americas
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 43° 38.584 W 079° 23.207
17T E 630111 N 4833494
Quick Description: The Canadian National Tower, standing over 1,815 feet high, is the tallest tower on the Continent of America. The CN Tower is a signature icon of Toronto's skyline and a symbol of Canada.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 2/7/2012 2:10:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMDNY0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 67

Long Description:
"The CN Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. Currently the only other freestanding structure in the Americas to exceed 500 m (1,640.4 ft) in height is the Willis Tower in Chicago, which stands at 527 m (1,729.0 ft) when measured to its pinnacle. One World Trade Center, currently under construction in New York City, is expected to have a pinnacle height of 1,776 ft (541.3 m), or approximately 12 m (39.4 ft) shorter than the CN Tower. Due to the symbolism of the number 1776 (the year of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence), the height of One World Trade Center is unlikely to be increased. The Chicago Spire was expected to exceed the height of the CN Tower, but it was cancelled in early 2010.

The CN Tower is a Revolving resturant, communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Standing 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) tall it was completed in 1976, becoming the world's tallest free-standing structure and world's tallest tower at the time. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto's skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.

Its name "CN" originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. Following the railway's decision to divest non-core freight railway assets, prior to the company's privatization in 1995, it transferred the tower to the Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation responsible for real estate development. Since the name CN Tower became common in daily usage, the abbreviation was eventually expanded to Canadian National Tower or Canada's National Tower. However, neither of these names is commonly used.

In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It also belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers, where it holds second-place ranking"

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Location of coordinates: Base of Tower

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