This timeline of Austin's Moonlight Towers gives you their history at a glance.
A brief history of the "ingenious system that illuminated the nights of the capital of Texas in the early days of electricity."
31 Moonlight Towers Purchased
Moonlight Towers Installed
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
May 6, 1895
First Austin Moonlight Tower Lit!
Austin Dam and Powerhouse Destroyed by Flood
Carbon Arc Lamps Replaced by Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent Bulbs Replaced by Mercury Vapor Bulbs
12-foot, multicolored neon "headresses" attached to the tops of the Moonlight Towers
First Moonlight Tower Zilker Park Christmas Tree
Named Texas State Landmarks
Listed in National Register of Historic Places
Dazed and Confused, filmed in Austin, popularizes the term "Moontower."
Go find one and enjoy!