Last of the Moonlight Towers tells the story of Austin's first public street lighting system, a collection of graceful towers erected in 1895. Once common throughout the United States and the world, tower lights represent an obsolete method of illumination that disappeared from urban landscapes decades ago. With one exception: Austin, Texas.
Watch our friend Ron Oliveira's 1992 news report on the reassembly of the tower at South 1st and Monroe Streeet that was part of the restoration project in the 1990's.
Musician and songwriter Ray Tutaj has written over 400 songs. That experience shows in his beautiful soundtrack for "Last of the Moonlight Towers."
Although Austin's streetcars were removed in the early 1940's, long -time city resident Margaret Berry still fondly recalls them as a fun, but bumpy way to get around town.
The Midnight Assassin
America's first serial killer wreaked his havoc in Austin. He was never caught. Was he the inspiration for the moonlight towers?
One of American's oldest remaining WWII veterans shares his memories of early Austin.