Monday, March 6, 2017

Over the Moon: Austin's Moonlight Towers-- Part 1

From the Winter 2017 Preservation Magazine  of the National Trust for Historic Preservation by Katharine Keane.

The city of Austin, Texas, has long been associated with its 19th century Moonlight Towers, a precursor of modern-day streetlights, only much more impressive.  Many U.S. cities had them, but only those in Austin remain.

AT A GLANCE

HEIGHT:  Roughly 160 feet

WEIGHT:  About 5,000 pounds

MATERIAL:  Rust-proof wrought iron made by the Star Iron Company

CONSTRCTED:  1894-1895

--RoadTower

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