Plan to build world’s tallest flagpole — bigger than the Empire State Building — with massive American flag divides tiny Maine town

July 02, 2023

A plan to build the world’s tallest flagpole — higher than the Empire State Building — to hoist an American flag larger than a football in the Maine wilderness has divided a small town close to its proposed site. The project has also faced backlash at a time when the American flag itself has become so politicized. The flagpole would stand 1,461 tall — seven feet taller than New York’s Empire State Building — and include elevators to bring visitors to observation decks. The population of Columbia Falls is just 485 people. The wreaths have put Columbia Falls on the map as a patriotic tourist attraction.