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Providence Tower Turns 50

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The Providence Bell Tower celebrated it's 50th year of ushering students through campus. Towering over 60 feet tall a structure known to campus as the "Providence Tower. For years it stands in Great Falls and chimes could at one point be heard throughout the city.

"It is just an important it's an important symbol it is very visible at night it is part of the chapel it's in a sense the center of campus even though it is not located in the center," says University President, Eugene McAllister.

Today that tower turns 50 years old, and while that may not seem like a big deal to some. The Providence Tower is rooted in Great Falls history for past parishioner and students since the University moved in the 60's.

"We were founded in 1932 so this is our 82nd year we moved to this campus in 1960 and this tower and McLaughlin center was built in 1964 the final elements of the campus at that time," explains McAllister.

In that time many students pass by the Providence Tower which has in a way become a big part of their college experience.

"Oh the tower it actually a constant reminder to us if we are late to class or not. Keeps us on time it's very pretty, it's got the cross up above keeps us faithful. It's a good beacon," says student, Kelli O'Brien.

"Yeah it's beautiful to walk by everyday going through campus it's a nice a nice reflection seeing the cross above everything here," adds fellow student, Kayeley Lyons.

The University of Great Falls will be continuing the celebration as it celebrates it's 82rd anniversary this year as well. The brick work on the tower was done by Dick Boland back in the 60's.

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