Austin Then and Now

Austin Then and Now

In 1894 the Austin City Council agreed to build thirty-one lighting towers to keep the Lone Star’s city shining bright and moving into the 1900’s in style. The Moonlight Towers were installed all around the city in 1895, lighting up the streets from a height of 165 feet each. The carbon arc lamps cast a circle of light 3,000 feet in diameter around each tower. Each tower weighed around 2,000 pounds. Electricity was still new to many when the lights were constructed, and not everybody was enthusiastic about the project. Some farmers feared that the extra light would give them problems with their crops. In the 1930’s the light towers were converted from carbon arcs to mercury vapor and finally to incandescent lamps.

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