A "needle in a haystack" time capsule was found and opened over the last week after being buried and forgotten inside Seattle, Washington's Space Needle 35 years ago. Travis Mayfield of Q13 Fox News reports that construction workers were renovating the Space Needle's Observation Deck and found the capsule. Apparently, it had been bolted to a deck beam that was hidden behind a solid wall, 520 feet above the city.
Seattle's 605-foot Space Needle, designed by architect John Graham, was opened to the public on the first day of the World's Fair on April 21, 1962. Built to provide visitors with sweeping views of Seattle and surrounding areas, it has become an iconic symbol of the city, and was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The time capsule was placed inside the structure in 1982, with an opening date set for 2002. Organizers actually forgot about it until it was found during demolition last week, possibly because an original plaque marking its location disappeared over the years. Thankfully, Rod Kauffman, an original member of the time capsule team, returned for the unveiling of the capsule's contents. Inside they found letters, an audio tape, proclamations, artwork, plans of the Space Needle and even the master key that, Kauffman told the New York Times, "opened every lock in the Space Needle" in 1982. Thoughts on burying another capsule after the $100 million makeover is completed in 2018? One project supervisor said he'd like to see another one buried for a reveal 50 to 100 years from now.