MSU-Mankato's Gage Towers demolished [VIDEO]

A recognizeable element of Mankato's skyline came down Saturday.
A recognizeable element of Mankato's skyline came down Saturday.

Saturday morning, two of the most recognizable buildings on the MSU-Mankato campus went up in a cloud of dust.

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The Gage Towers, built in 1965, were demolished. Over their 47-year lifespan, the buildings housed more than 50,000 MSU students, and in recent years, they became the training camp home for Minnesota Vikings players.

The 135-foot towers were the tallest in Mankato at the time of their completion. They cost $2.57 million to build. According to MSU information, the total cost of room and board during Gage's inaugural 1965-66 school year was $630. By 2011-12, Gage's last year, that cost rose to $6,555.

"Thousands of our alums have wonderful memories of living in the towers," MSU president Richard Davenport said in a statement. "Imploding the towers is part of our campus master plan, as we look toward the future with 'big ideas' and 'real-world thinking.'"

MPR reports that the site will be redeveloped as parking. Two new dorm building have been built on campus in recent years.

Here's footage of Saturday's demolition:

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