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World's Littlest Skyscraper

The World’s Littlest Skyscraper is located in Wichita Falls, Texas. It is a four-story brick building that stands 40 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It was built in 1919 by a local businessman named J.D. McMahon, who sold investors stock in the building during the oil boom days of North Texas.  The story is a testimony of enormous wealth and gullibility that formed the legend.

Here are some more facts about the World’s Littlest Skyscraper:

  • It was built to the square inch, not the square foot. This means that it is 480 inches tall, 180 inches deep, and 100 inches wide.
  • Each floor is only about 100 square feet.
  • The steep, narrow staircases take up about 25% of the interior space.
  • The building was featured in Robert Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in the 1920s.
  • It is now a Texas Historic Landmark
  • The World’s Littlest Skyscraper is currently owned by Colonel (USAF Ret) Michael & Jan Saville