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The tower was retired from service in 1913, and over the years allowed to fall into disrepair. In the 1960s, its condition was so poor that a barricade was erected around it to protect the public. Residents' protests saved it from the wrecking ball; it was restored in 1970.
If you're in St. Louis and have never visited these two towers, do so. They are massive, impressive, and must be seen in person to be truly grasped. Bring a pair of binoculars to really savor the details of the Bissell Tower.
The East Grand neighborhood isn't necessarily the best place for untended wandering, so do be cautious -- bring a friend along if you can. But don't let caution deter you from experiencing some of St. Louis's oddest and most prominent landmarks.