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Moontowers Temporarily Taken Down An Austin moontower on the corner of West 22nd and Nueces streets has been temporarily dismantled due to a nearby construction project, and another on the corner of Trinity and Cesar Chavez is slated to move over to Third and Red River. Austin is the only city in the world that still operates under a moonlight tower lighting system , made up of those ethereal structures that provide large areas of illumination and as every Dazed and Confused fan knows the occasional party. According to the Austin American-Statesman , Austin Energy plans to refurbish the towers that have been removed, and because of their designation in the National Register of Historic Places, any repairs have to be historically accurate. You can read more from KUT News about the towers .

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Know how to fix a moonlight tower? Austin Energy might be looking to contract your services in the coming months. The citys public utility is developing a request for proposals for someone to restore all 17 of the citys moonlight towers, or moontowers, as theyre often called. We cant just put modern day parts on these historic towers, Austin Energy spokesman Carlos Cordova said. If were replacing something, it has to be exactly the way it was in 1894 when these went up.

Moontower at night
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Two historically significant moonlight towers, or moontowers, were removed to make way for the development of two downtown high-rise buildings, but both structures were completed months and neither moontower has been returned to its original location. One tower was situated next to the newly built Four Seasons at Trinity and Cesar Chavez . The other was located on the same street as the 360 Condominiums at 4 th and Nueces. The moontowers were first installed in 1895, partly due to panic over...