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Moonlight Towers


One of Austin's Moonlight Towers. Turned off.

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They may look like a collection of unassuming communication pylons, yet the Austin Moonlight Towers are steeped in more history than any other metal monsters you see by the side of the motorways of the world.
The first of the 31 Moonlight Towers was constructed in 1895 and whilst there are only 17 still in operation, their significance has been duly noted by the powers that be as the collection is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The towers produce 6400 watts of power to light up a 3000-foot radius and illuminate the Austin sky.

The lights have been turned off only twice in 100 years - once due to a National Electricity shortage and once, in 1905, due to a pay dispute between the City Council and the Water and Light Commission. As well being the paragon of lighting efficiency, the tower on the corner of Guadalupe and 9th Street is infamous for the 165-foot fall and incredible survival of 11-year old Jimmy Fowler. The lucky youngster only required 187 stitches

The towers are located all over Austin and are immediately obvious, especially at night.
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