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PNE Spiro-Tower

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Identification

PNE Spiro-Tower
227932

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Structure in General

observation tower
demolished [destroyed]
tube-in-tube
steel
caisson foundation
steel
exposed structure
white
futurism

Facts

  • Diameter of tower: 8 feet 2 inches.
  • Built by Mercedes-Benz who placed their logo on the top at installation (removed later for advertising space).
  • Tower was located just inside the main Playland entrance gate on Hastings Street.
  • Travelling height of the 2-level cabin: 216 feet.
  • Rotations of gondola per trip: 3.
  • Capacity of gondola: 60 persons.
  • The structure's purpose during its 11 year existence was as an observation tower/amusement ride.
  • Travelling speed: 295 feet per minute.
  • The tower was Swiss design and manufactured and imported from West Germany.
  • Tower was opened the same year Spiro Agnew was elected US Vice President (Richard Nixon's running mate), so many people mispronounced its name as SPEAR-RO Tower instead of SPY-RO.

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Location

2901 East Hastings Street
2901 East Hastings Street
V5K 5J1
Vancouver
British Columbia
Canada

Technical Data

330.00 ft
330.00 ft
226.00 ft
216.00 ft
2
1968
1979
1

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