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Fans will be rolling wires and poles instead of trees on Toomer’s Corner this fall

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With the Toomer’s Corner trees entering their final rolling this spring, the City of Auburn has come up with a temporary solution to pacify those who still want to keep one of the greatest traditions in college football.

“Where we’ve settled is a series of three poles that will be concrete poles not unlike the size of a telephone pole or the size of a light pole on the end of the road,” Kevin Cowper, Auburn’s Assistant City Manager, told The War Eagle Reader.

One pole will be placed near the white rock in College Street median between Compass Bank and the ghost of the Toomer’s Oaks. One pole will be placed in the landscaped area in front of the entrance to Toomer’s Drugs. Another will go up in front of the Bank Vault.

“It will form a triangle and we will run cable between those three poles,” Cowper says. “It will be two cable wires probably three or four inches a part.”

The wires will be the same height as the traffic lights, but drape low enough so people can throw rolls of toilet paper on them and keep some semblance of the tradition alive. While this is a good temporary plan, there's no doubt people will want to one day see the trees return.

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