Campus Landmark Goes out with a ‘Boom’

Tuesday afternoon started with a bang at TMP-Marian. Actually, it was more of a boom as the former Westlink Communications tower in the form of a cross was brought down by two contractors hired by the tower’s owners.

In February of 2000, the Capuchin Franciscans entered into a lease with SBA Advanced Wireless Networks and SBA Towers II to construct the tower which would adorn campus with the proceeds of the lease paid to the Capuchin Province of Mid-America, who have been the owners of the 60 acre campus since purchasing it from the Diocese of Concordia in the 1950’s.

The 175′ tower has stood sentinel on Hays’ western skyline for 17 years. Of the irony of the tower’s removal during Holy Week, one person remarked, “It’s a reminder that the cross is not the final destination.”

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