Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Austin's Moonlight Towers
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).
Erected 1993 by the City of Austin.
Location. 30° 16.308′ N, 97° 44.714′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is at the intersection of W 9th Street and Guadalupe Street on W 9th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wooldridge Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Hirshfeld Cottage 1933 Austin Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Hirshfeld House (within shouting distance of this marker); Austin Woman’s Club (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Third Site For Travis County Government (about 600 feet away); Ira Hobart Evans (about 700 feet away); The Boardman-Webb House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Regarding Austin's Moonlight Towers. It was once claimed that Austin put up the moonlight towers partially in response to the actions of the Servant Girl Annihilator serial killer, but the towers were not erected until 1894 and 1895, ten years after the murders took place.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,031 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 3. submitted on January 2, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.