Single photo: 1901 Detroit - Woodward Avenue at the Campus Martius showing Bagley Fountain.

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How the rise of electricity transformed urban life in Detroit
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this seems odd to run this tower so high up (and with lights on the top???). i guess they wanted to go high so that they could run the wires down to the buildings? hmpf.

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City Lights: Austin’s Historic Moonlight Towers

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Austin’s moonlight towers have long been a distinctive part of the city’s landscape, their lights casting a gentle glow on the streets 150 feet below. Though Austin’s fifteen surviving towers are now the last of their kind, this form of street lighting was once common across the United States. Many cities erected tower lights in the 1880s and 1890s, and Austin’s system was modeled closely on Detroit’s, then the most extensive in the world.

The first practical source of electric light was essentially a sustained spark, or arc, between two carbon rods. Though highly efficient, such arc lights had a serious drawback: their glare was too intense to be endured at close range, yet there was no way to make the arc smaller without extinguishing it altogether. The carbon rods also burned down quickly; those in the first arc lights lasted just an hour or two before they had to be replaced, though later models could last through the night.

The Flag...

Different flag, same corner, photo undated, but it's the US flag.

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Is it just some weird proprietary/business flag?

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How the rise of electricity transformed urban life in Detroit
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this seems odd to run this tower so high up (and with lights on the top???). i guess they wanted to go high so that they could run the wires down to the buildings? hmpf.

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City Lights: Austin’s Historic Moonlight Towers

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Austin’s moonlight towers have long been a distinctive part of the city’s landscape, their lights casting a gentle glow on the streets 150 feet below. Though Austin’s fifteen surviving towers are now the last of their kind, this form of street lighting was once common across the United States. Many cities erected tower lights in the 1880s and 1890s, and Austin’s system was modeled closely on Detroit’s, then the most extensive in the world.

The first practical source of electric light was essentially a sustained spark, or arc, between two carbon rods. Though highly efficient, such arc lights had a serious drawback: their glare was too intense to be endured at close range, yet there was no way to make the arc smaller without extinguishing it altogether. The carbon rods also burned down quickly; those in the first arc lights lasted just an hour or two before they had to be replaced, though later models could last through the night.

The Flag...

Different flag, same corner, photo undated, but it's the US flag.

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Is it just some weird proprietary/business flag?

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In the street center to the right of the "Blackstone Cigar" ad sits a round kibosh with a ball on top. could it be Mercury and electricity?
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What do you think that flag is, as well as what'son top of this weird tower? What else?

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The flag issue is somewhat muddled as of now. Company, charity, school, city, state, country, military? We will get to the bottom of that sooner rather later.

What is clear, Detroit sits on an unusual combination of rock, salt and water formations. This creates a type of magnet field that helps mask certain types of signals and radiation.

The people that built the Star Fort knew this. So yes energy has been generated for a long time in Detroit.

The city has many 3000 feet deep Salt mines under about 30% of Detroit.

My first trip to Detroit , 1967 ,was testing security on an underground missile base located in the city unbeknown to any civilians.

The 1880-1930 Detroit had quit interesting towers and balls.
I am presently looking for a local source of mercury.
 

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