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Moonlight Towers

Austin, TX (Downtown)
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Ranked #77 of 183 Attractions in Austin
Description: These seventeen iron towers are part of Austin's first street lighting system and were built in 1895.
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Northwood, North Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I lived n Austin for some 12 years. A meteorologist friend, Norman Wagner, had recording thermometers installed on a few towers to get the near-surface vertical temperature profiles over 24hr periods for different seasons. These towers created a nuisance in the fall, attracting hordes of crickets that littered storefronts during the night.

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Rowlett, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This was a great place to hang out, listen to good music and just chill. It's like hanging out on someone's back porch in the country. We had a blast!

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

If you've seen the movie Dazed and Confused, you've seen one of Austin's Moonlight Towers. In the movie, it's simply called "the moontower." The towers themselves do have an interesting history to them, which you can easily find on Wikipedia, as well as on the plaques located on a few of the towers. They are not really a special destination... More

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Austin, Texas
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27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

In 1898 I'm sure these were an engineering marvel, but these lights really aren't a destination. You hardly notice if you're standing right next to one.

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Austin, Texas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

At one time Austin and Paris, France were the only cities with these towers. The towers were the source of light at night time in Austin for many years. The city is doing all it can to preserve them.

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