World's Littlest Skyscraper - Wichita Falls, Texas

April 6, 2019

One of the best things about road trips are the small little towns between destinations with interesting attractions and restaurants to stop at. On the way home from Amarillo we decided to make a stop along the way in a little town called Wichita Falls, Texas. I had heard of this town before because of the waterfall (which of course is the namesake of the town) but I didn't know if there was anything else there that might interest my father and I. After googling "things to do in Wichita Falls" I came across a building known as the world's littlest skyscraper. Of course I was intrigued so I decided to give this one a visit...and a little more research. 

Located at 701 La Salle in downtown Wichita Falls stands the Newby-McMahon building which has been dubbed "The World's Littlest Skyscraper". Standing at only 40 feet tall this structure can hardly be considered a legitimate skyscraper so I asked the local shop owner (who now occupies the building) what the fuss was all about. It's kind of a long story so I'll give you the short version of it. A con man duped a bunch of millionaire oil tycoons out of a lot of money by drawing up plans to build a huge skyscraper for office buildings. Too bad these "super smart" men didn't triple check the blueprints or they would have realized the measurements were in inches and not feet. When the building was completed in 1919 the men of course were outraged and tried to sue but because they had signed off on the blueprints their case was dismissed and the con man got away with all that money! 

What was once an embarrassment to the city has actually become a huge tourist attraction bringing in revenue from curious people all around the country. I love how the city turned something bad into something good. Now recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark this building is open to the public with a little boutique downstairs and the chance to walk up to the top floor (it's only a 4 story building) to glance out the window and take a selfie with a prop set aside for visitors use. Be aware the stairs are very steep and narrow so use caution when ascending and descending. Also, there are little notes about the history and architecture of the building posted all along the stairwell so be sure not to miss those. 

This isn't an attraction I'd drive hours to see but if you are ever in the area then a quick stop to check out this little piece of history is certainly a must do. Be sure to ask the lady at the front desk for the whole story about the building. I'm sure there's some quirky little detail I missed. 

Things to know:

-This building is located next to an alley and is small so be looking or you will miss it.

-Admission is FREE but they do take donations

-There are souvenir shirts in the boutique 

-Don't forget to take your selfie at the top

Until the next adventure,

Melanie ❤

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