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Photo of the Week, 122: Watterson Towers, October 1967 -- Twenty-One Stories to Go!

Watterson Towers, a 28-story residence hall complex located on the Illinois State University campus, opened in 1969. It houses some 2,200 students and is generally regarded as one of the tallest college dormitories in the world.

This October 11, 1967 scene shows one of the complex’s two towers under construction. At the time, the building site was desolate due to a jurisdictional dispute between Carpenters Local Union No. 67 of Bloomington and the Iron Workers Union No. 12 of Peoria.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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