* Moonlight Prowl – September 4th *

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First conducted in 1988, the Moonlight Prowl is a nighttime walking tour packed with anecdotes of student life, campus architecture, and UT history. With content drawn from newspaper accounts, memoirs, and the UT archives, the Prowl is intended to help personalize the University, explore its history, and have some fun.


An RSVP is not required but appreciated. Send me a short message here with the number in your party, or on the Facebook event posted here.

Where do we meet? We’ll gather on the Main Mall in front of the UT Tower.

Prowl.B Hall.When does the tour begin? The Prowl traditionally starts at 8 p.m. That’s the final hour the Tower bells chime for the day, and a good time to begin an “after hours” look at the University.

How long is the Prowl? The Prowl is a 1 1/2 – 2 hour walking tour, with “sit-down” stops along the way.

Photo above: Prowlers gathered on the East Mall steps to hear about the student antics in old B. Hall, the University’s first men’s dorm, where The Eyes of Texas was written.

Can anyone attend? Everyone is welcome. But parents who want to bring small children are cautioned that the wee ones generally get bored quickly, and want to either race down the South Mall or jump into Littlefield Fountain. Parents wind up chasing after their future Olympians and miss out on the tour.

Prowl.Waggener Hall.What if it rains? If at all possible, the Prowl will go on rain or (moon)shine. Some of the best Prowls have taken place under a steady sprinkle. If it’s raining, bring umbrellas and we’ll adjust the tour stops to be mostly indoors. If there’s a severe storm at Prowltime, or one is imminent, we’ll look at rescheduling.

Photo above right: Moonlight Prowlers learn about the symbolism behind the ornamentation on campus buildings.

Do I need to bring flashlights? Nope. I’ll bring the Official Prowl Flashlight, known around NASA as the “OPF.”

Is this an official UT program? No, the Moonlight Prowl is not sponsored by the University of Texas. Think of it as a hobby that’s gotten out of control. I enjoy learning about the University’s history and sharing what I’ve discovered.

Prowl Links:

Austin Chronicle.Best of Austin 2000This will be Prowl number 603! A little history about the first tour is here.

The Daily Texan covered the 500th Prowl here.

In 2000, the Moonlight Prowl was a “Best of Austin” choice in the Austin Chronicle here.


See you on September 4th!


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