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Location DB > United States > Texas > Austin > Abandoned Control Tower
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Abandoned Control Tower
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 Database Info
created by Imbroglio on 5/1/2008 4:30 AM
last modified by Imbroglio on 6/3/2009 6:07 PM
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 Overview
 Description
1960's era airport control tower
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned - but construction around it
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
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Austin, Texas
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • Standing water on the outside balcony on the operations floor
  •  Interesting Features
    Not too much really; the main operational room at the top where the radar gear and other electronics were is really trashed. One of the floors on the way up had a room with some bookcases full of procedure and regulation manuals and such. essentailly though, this place is gutted.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • Doors sealed over with bricks and metal bars...sometimes!
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1961
    Closed: 1999
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Gloves, boots you don't mind getting dirty
     History
    Opened in 1930, Robert Mueller Airport in Austin, Texas served the capitol city of Texas until the closure of Berstrom Air Force Base in 1993 offered the opportunity to migrate the city's commercial avaiation industry from it's cramped quarters at Mueller to the more spacious facilities at the former air base in 1999. The tower in this photo was part of a new terminal project which was dedicated in 1961, the same year I was born.

    Mueller airport in Austin was always such a special and iconic place to me, a real symbol of the old Austin that I grew up with when I lived there from 1973 to 1990. Though I learned to fly myself just north of there at the old Austin Executive Airpark, I did fly into Mueller several times as a private pilot, as well as on numerous occasions as a commercial passenger.

    This old tower is now all that still stands of the old terminal building. Though you can't really tell from this photograph, the tower was actually integral to the terminal building itself, rising up from the middle of it, hence the unfinished concrete at the base where the buildings' internal finish-out covered the structure.
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     Future Plans
    Unsure; as I understand it, they've left this tower undemolished for now in the thought that they might think of something cool to do with it before the land in that area is needed for redevelopment. I hope they do think of something; I think it would be neat to keep it around as a reminder of the old Mueller Airport that served Austin so well for over 60 years.

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    Night Shots
    Thu, May 1st, 2008
    posted by Imbroglio
    3 pictures
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    Mueller 7/11
    Sun, Jul 31st, 2011
    posted by apt213
    5 pictures


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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 7/31/2011 6:41 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jul 31 11 at 18:41, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 31 11 at 8:50, apt213 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 31 11 at 8:46, apt213 created a new gallery
  • on Jun 4 09 at 0:09, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 3 09 at 18:07, Imbroglio changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Security Measures
  • on Jun 1 09 at 13:44, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jun 1 09 at 13:23, Imbroglio changed the following: Status, Accessibility
  • on May 25 08 at 16:13, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 1 08 at 4:44, Imbroglio changed the following: Security Measures
  • on May 1 08 at 4:42, Imbroglio made this location available
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    You must log in for this feature to work.THE TOWER IS GONE NOWblaistom77822148/9/2019 3:14 AM by Sparrow2
    You must log in for this feature to work.Demo costsblaistom77210708/14/2008 10:44 PM by Imbroglio
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