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The Great American Landmarks Adventure
Empire State Building
We built towering skyscrapers.

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Empire State Building
New York City, New York

You may recognize this building because it appears so often on film and television as a symbol of the high-rise buildings of Manhattan's skyline and the growth of New York City. This engineering masterpiece was built between 1930-1931 as an office building. When completed in 1931, it was the tallest building in the world--one-fifth of a mile high! It held this record until the 1970s when the Sears Tower in Chicago and New York's World Trade Center were built. Today, you can ride an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building and see much of New York City from the observation deck.

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