Manteca’s Bell Tower May Return

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MANTECA--

The Manteca Unified School District may be building a replica of the bell tower that topped Manteca High School from the 1920's, until it was knocked down 40 years later.

School officials are considering the idea as part of renovating the high school. The bell tower used to sit atop the high school for decades and those who know the city’s history told us they were sad to see it go because of concerns with the structure’s integrity.

Ironically enough, when it came down in 1969, they had to use a wrecking ball to bring it down.

“They couldn’t get it down,” Ken Hafer, a co-funder of the Manteca’s Historical Society and Museum said. “They had to use these different methods to try to get it down and they finally did it with a ball, a wrecking ball."

Hafer added the tower was built to look like the California Missions and after a 40 year residency in Manteca, many were sad to see it go.

“But a lot of people stood around and watched because it was, you know it was a big show in those days,” he told FOX40.

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