Rex's Tower is visible from every surrounding county. How about that!! The top of the tower stands at 1,535 feet! I'm not going to give driving directions here, if you get lost just look out your car window for the tower!
Who is Rex you ask? Rex Humbard is the well-known American television evangelist from the "Cathedral of Tomorrow" show! At the peak of Televangelist popularity, he was on over 600 TV stations! So, he had some cash to spend.
**Update June 2007** Turns out my info about the build date was incorrect, Rex built this tower in the late 60's, not the mid 80's. Thanks to a couple of 'seasoned' cachers who knew more about it than I. =)
Anyway, Rex planned for a rotating restaurant at the peak of his tower. Kind of like the Space Needle. Things didn't go well so he abandoned the erection of this tower restaurant and left town. The reason behind it is still truly unknown.
One theory is: He got caught up in one of his own crusades. Supposedly, the city of Cuyahoga Falls came down on him because he'd inspired an ordinance in which no establishments were allowed to serve alcohol within a hundred yards of any church. Rex wanted to serve alcohol at his tower restaurant so he built it to exceed 101 yards in height, to stand above his Cathedral of Tomorrow. But, the city established that the restaurant's base was still was too close to his church, under 100 yards. True? Who knows but sounds good.
What ever happened to Rex, he moved his whole operation down south to Florida to be closer to South America. His popularity was growing there while his popularity here was waning. Sold everything here in Cuyahoga Falls to Ernest Angsley, an up and coming televangelist. Who turned around and sold this "Tower of Babel" to a businessman who simply sells antenna space on it today.
**UPDATE MAY 2007** According to fellow cacher Scubaman, Rex apparently was selling securities to finance his tower. Selling them without a license! Caught by the FEDS, he had to stop and so ran out of money to finish the tower! Thanks for the info Scubaman!
The tower stands alone at 494 feet, pretty impressive when standing at it's base looking up. Give it a look!
Satellite pictorial hint for ya! Check out that long shadow it's casting! Do you see the green arrow?
This is the hiking viking's 96th cache in the greater Akron area.