Friday, January 19, 2007

Moonlight Tower Map Links

Austin's Moonlight Towers

Over 100 years and still burning bright

In 1894 Austin purchased 31 used lighting towers from the City of Detroit. At that time these types of light towers were common in US cities to illuminate urban areas in place of streetlights. A single tower cast a bright light from its six carbon arc lamps, illuminating a 3000 feet circle. Mercury vapor lamps are now in use in these 165 foot triangular cast-and wrought-iron structures.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Austin is the only US city that still retains and uses a portion of this once popular tower lighting system.

Seventeen of the original 31 towers, although moved from time to time to allow for city growth and street widening, are still in use.

In celebration of their 100th birthday in 1995, the city of Austin took down each tower for a complete restoration then replaced them at their original sites. Most of the towers can be found in residential areas near downtown although there are a few in the downtown area.

Tower Locations:

Nueces and W. 4th,+Austin,+TX+78701&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1

Guadalupe and W. 9th,+Austin,+TX+78701&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=30.271818,-97.745233&spn=0.02335,0.051155&om=1&iwloc=addr

Blanco and W. 12th,+Austin,+TX+78703&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Rio Grande and W. 12th,+Austin,+TX+78701&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

San Antonio and W. 15th,+Austin,+TX+78701&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Nueces and W. 22nd,+Austin,+TX+78705&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Speedway and W. 41st,+Austin,+TX+78751&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Lydia and E. 7th,+Austin,+TX+78702&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Trinity and E. 1st (Cesar Chavez),+Austin,+TX+78701&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Trinity and E. 11th,+Austin,+TX+78701&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Coleto and E. 13th,+Austin,+TX+78702&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Chicon and E. 19th (MLK)

Leona and Pennsylvania

Eastside Drive and Leland,+Austin,+TX+78704&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

South 1st and W. Monroe,+Austin,+TX+78704&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Canterbury and W. Lynn,+Austin,+TX+78704&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

Zilker Park,+Austin,+TX+78704&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr

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