Austin's Moonlight Towers

Austin's Moonlight Towers (HMHDL)

Location: Austin, TX 78701 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 16.308', W 97° 44.714'

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This is one of 31 original moonlight towers installed in Austin in 1895. Seventeen remain. Each tower illuminated a circle of 3000 feet using 6 carbon arc lamps (now mercury vapor). Austin's tower lights are the sole survivor of this once-popular ingenious lighting system.

The original Texas Historic Commission marker at this site, now missing, read:
This is one of 27 that remain out of 31 towers erected 1894-95 and in continuous use since. Their carbon arc lights then illuminated entire city. Now mercury vapor lamps provide beacons for many miles on roads and airway, from dusk to dawn. Austin is said to be unique in the dramatic method of lighting.
(Erected 1970 by the Texas Historic Commission, marker number 6424).
Year Placed1993
Placed ByThe City of Austin
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 10:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 620692 N 3349569
Decimal Degrees30.27180000, -97.74523333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.308', W 97° 44.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 18.48" N, 97° 44' 42.84" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801-899 Guadalupe St, Austin TX 78701, US
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