It wasn’t that long ago when the Calgary Tower dwarfed every building on the city’s skyline, but it sure does seem like a lot has changed since then.

It was 1968, and the prairie city of 300,000 looked miniature in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains — but its cement behemoth, Husky Tower, was the beginning of what Calgary would become.

“It was a symbol of our arrival on the national scene as a metropolis, as a national city. This is what it said as Calgary emerged on the stage,” said local historian Harry Sanders.

Now the Bow Building soars over its competition, and visitors to the former monolith of Calgary look across to mid-building offices.

“That the Calgary Tower is lost in the skyline is symbolic of the city changing since the time it was built,” said Sanders.

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