Texas Tornado destroys 60-year-old landmark dome

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Published 12:37 pm, Friday, June 2, 2017

A historic East Texas dome dating back to 1954 is no more.

According to reports from Longview, Texas, a tornado recently tore through the area and collapsed one of five, large aluminum domes known as the LeTourneau semispheres.

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Mining machinery inventor R.G. LeTourneau originally designed the 85-foot high dome for his friend Rev. Billy Graham, an influential evangelical Christian broadcaster who wanted a 12,000-seat auditorium for his preaching.


When that plan fell through, LeTourneau put the design to use and built the domes for his earthmoving equipment company in Longview where they remained an iconic landmark for decades.

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Now, according to the Longview News-Journal, the dome’s owners are deciding whether to rebuild the landmark.

Click through above to view historic photos of the LeTourneau semispheres.


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