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A wonderful, beautiful, and historical part of Austin! There are those who make a paint to visit each and every one. Very romantic and also can be a real adventure for the rug... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Austin, Texas

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A wonderful, beautiful, and historical part of Austin! There are those who make a paint to visit each and every one. Very romantic and also can be a real adventure for the rug rats as well as seeing different parts of Austin.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

In 1894, as a way to provide light to Austin at night, 31 moonlight towers were erected. The towers were 165 feet tall and cast light in a 1500 foot radius so that you could read the time on your watch with the light from the carbon arc lamps. The moon towers were connected to the hydroelectric plant at the... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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