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the alico

The ALICO Building is a 22-story office building in downtownWaco, Texas, located on Austin and 5th Streets. This historic tower was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until 1922. It was built in 1910 by architect Roy Lane, for the Amicable Life Insurance Company at a cost of $755,000. It was completed in only one year. The building is today named for the American Life Insurance Company, and remains the tallest building in Waco by far. The acronym "ALICO" is spelled in red neon letters on the top floor, and can be seen for many miles. The ALICO Building was one of the few downtown office buildings that survived the 1953 Waco tornado outbreak. It swayed several feet when the tornado hit it directly, but its steel frame structure allowed it to survive the winds.