This timeline of Austin's Moonlight Towers gives you their history at a glance.
Austin Moonlight is a private company not affiliated with the City of Austin.
Listed in National Register of Historic Places
Named Texas State Landmarks
May 6, 1895
First Austin Moonlight Tower Lit!
Moonlight Towers Installed
Carbon Arc Lamps Replaced by Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent Bulbs Replaced by Mercury Vapor Bulbs
31 Moonlight Towers Purchased
Our Story Begins in 1893
Austin Dam or "Great Granite Dam" Across Colorado River Completed.
Dynamos in the Dam's Powerhouse Will Generate Electricity for the Moonlight Towers.
Dam Powerhouse Completed
Austin Dam and Powerhouse Destroyed by Flood
First Moonlight Tower Zilker Park Christmas Tree
A brief history of the "ingenious system that illuminated the nights of the capital of Texas in the early days of electricity."
12-foot, multicolored neon "headresses" attached to the tops of the Moonlight Towers
Dazed and Confused, filmed in Austin, popularizes the term "Moontower."