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The Tower is a symbol of both UT’s happiest and saddest times. Notoriously, it was the site of Charles Whitman’s mass shooting in 1966. Today, the Tower (a functioning office building) gets special orange lighting at night to honor Longhorn victories and other UT achievements. Self-guided tours can be reserved online and include the observation deck.

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The Tower is a symbol of both UT’s happiest and saddest times. Notoriously, it was the site of Charles Whitman’s mass shooting in 1966. Today, the Tower (a functioning office building) gets special orange lighting at night to honor Longhorn victories and other UT achievements. Self-guided tours can be reserved online and include the observation deck.