Special Edition Post: Road Trip Learnins
Yesterday when I asked The Google if the “moon tower from the movie ‘Dazed and Confused’ still existed” (see yesterday’s 4:00PM tour stop) – I was pleasantly distracted when it responded with a very interesting story about the purpose and history of Austin’s moon towers.
Hold the phone.
Austin has moon towerS, plural? And they weren’t just used as a beacon for field parties and general high school debauchery?
Apparently in the late 1800s due, in part, to a string of serial killings by the “Servant Girl Annihilator,” Austin erected 31 “Moonlight Towers” around town to shine a light of safety on its citizens. Over the years they’ve been lit by several different methods and in the 1970s were deemed Texas State Landmarks and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, 17 of the 31 still exist around Austin and most still illuminate.
Naturally, I had to see one of these beings. Conveniently, there was one around the corner from our hotel. We didn’t exactly “party at the moon tower,” but posing with rock ‘n’ roll fingers in the presence of one was just as cool.
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