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  Alico Building - Waco
by ATXtraveler

1910, Waco Texas

Although Skyscrapers were old news in New York and Chicago, visionaries of Texas were looking to grow into the heart of an economical revolution. Artemas Roberts of Waco was determined to make that heart grow in Waco. Artemas founded the Amicable Life Insurance Company in a 22 story tall building on 5th and Austin in Waco, and had the foresight to build this skyscraper with hurricane grade materials.

This proved to be wonderful insight, as the building suffered through the Waco Tornado of 1953, which destroyed all of downtown.

For many years, the ALICO tower stood as Texas' tallest building.

Still to this day, people use this building as its structure truly has stood the test of time.

Address: 5th and Austin Streets in Waco

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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