Flagpole of Freedom

Plans are afoot to build the world's largest flagpole, flying the world's largest American flag, in the small town of Columbia Falls, Maine, "where the rays of the sun touch America first every day." It would stand 1,461 feet tall, higher than the Empire State Building, and cost over $1 billion.

According to Wikipedia, America currently isn't even in the top 10 in the list of the world's largest flagpoles. It only comes in at #16, with the Acuity Flagpole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (height: 390ft).

The Flagpole of Freedom, if it actually gets built, would more than double the current world's tallest flagpole. But it remains to be seen if it ever gets built, since many of the residents of Columbia Falls aren't keen on the idea.

More info: Oakland Press

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 12, 2023
     Category: Architecture | Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough

The folks in Maine have no idea what they're proposing. I live less than 3 miles from Acuity, and I drive on I-43 past their flagpole twice almost every day. It's had to be rebuilt a few times already due to unforeseen structural problems. On very windy days, the flag is not flown at all, as the winds could rip it to shreds quickly. I can only imagine what might happen to a flagpole almost four times as tall.
Posted by Fritz on 07/12/23 at 05:01 AM
Maybe if they built a forest of wind turbines next to the flag pole, the wind would not be as devastating. Plus, the town could sell the electricity produced by the turbines and repay the humongous debt caused by building the tallest flag pole in the world.
Posted by Yudith on 07/14/23 at 05:15 PM
If it does get built, you'll be in the good company of great patriotic nations like Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, North Korea and Iran. Or maybe you already are.
Posted by Richard Bos on 07/15/23 at 05:16 AM
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