Moonlight Towers were popular in European and U.S. cities in the late 19th century and most common in the 1880s and 1890s. They put out exceptionally bright and harsh light.
Austin, Texas, is believed to be the only city still having Moonlight Towers.
They stand 165 feet tall and were manufactured in Indiana by the Fort Wayne Electric Company. The towers were assembled on site. Austin purchased 31 of them used from Detroit. Seventeen remain to this day.
Some claim that the towers were put up as result of the Servant Girl Annihilator in Austin who killed seven females (5 black and 2 white) and one black male between 1884 and 1885. All were attacked indoors then dragged outside and killed. However, these murders came a decade before the Moonlight Towers were installed in the city.
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