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— Tenleytown Heritage Trail —"Tenley Tower," behind you, dates from the mid-1940s. Western Union Telegraph Co. built it as part of an experimental system using microwaves to transmit telegrams in the mid-Atlantic region. This new technology helped erase telegraph wires and poles from the landscape. In addition, the tower was designed to relay recently invented television signals, which gave Western Union and its partner RCA a decided head start in the television revolution of the 1950s. During the Cold War era, the 90-foot tower also handled national security communications. In 1996 it became a cellular telephone transmitter.
|Placed By||Cultural Tourism DC|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:07am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 319698 N 4313264|
|Decimal Degrees||38.94980000, -77.08063333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 56.988', W 77° 4.838'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 56' 59.28" N, 77° 4' 50.28" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||202, 703|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 4101-4105 Brandywine St NW, Washington DC 20016, US|
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