In October of this year, the BYU Centennial Bells celebrated their 40th birthday. The bells, set atop the beautiful Centennial Carillon Tower with its 110 stairs, were first dedicated in October of 1975 to mark the 100th anniversary of BYU. With 52 bells ranging from 21 to 4,000 lbs, the bell tower has become one of the most iconic structures on BYU's campus.
Along with the incredible history of the bell tower, BYU recently posted a rare photo from the groundbreaking of this great icon. Elder Dallin H. Oaks, then the president of BYU, donned his top hat and rode a scraper pulled by two Clydesdales to help break ground for the Centennial Carillon Tower. Check it out below!