The University of Texas Tower Observation Deck has one of the best vantage points for viewing the entire city. The summer sunset tours can even rival Austin romance landmark Mt. Bonnell. But that's not all that lures people to the tower. People are curious about the tower's notoriety as the site of our town's most heinous day – August 1, 1966 – when many people lost their lives, including the gunman responsible, Charles Whitman. When a slight breeze on the Tower brings goose bumps to your arms, you can't help but wonder if it was just the wind or something else entirely. Rest assured that the friendly Tower Tour staff is there to answer your questions and alleviate your fears.
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