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Beta Bells

Beta Bells -- or the Beta Theta Pi Campanile -- has been an Oxford landmark since 1939. That year the national fraternity donated the tower and bells to Miami University as part of the Beta centennial. A plaque on the structure says: "This tower was presented to Miami University by Beta Theta Pi, the first college fraternity to be founded west of the Allegheny Mountains." The Betas (1839) are the oldest of the famed Miami Triad of fraternities -- Betas, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi. The Georgian-style campanile is on the south side of High Street between the southern ends of Tallawanda Road and Bishop Street. The bells chime each quarter hour and strike the hours. (See entries for Miami University, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Museum and the Pulley Bell Tower.)

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