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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:49 pm    Post subject: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

There is this tower in a town called Gas, Kansas. So called due to the amount of natural gas that is underground.

It definitely looks damaged and abandoned. Also thought it was odd that there were air conditioning units outside of it. Makes me think it had some sort of people or staff frequent the place.





The bottom with AC units.


Maybe scout is around. I know he's in the Iola area.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:57 am    Post subject: RE: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

I've been through Gas several times but never noticed that. Could it be an old microwave tower? The height looks right and it appears to be some sort of official looking industrial tower.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:28 am    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

Yeah I'm not sure. usually microwave towers are housed on a metal frame.

I thought it might have something to do with the natural gas industry but I haven't found anything to support that yet. Also I believe there's another one in Chanute, KS. I'll try to snap a pic next time I'm there.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:21 pm    Post subject: RE: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

http://www.city-data.com/city/Chanute-Kansas.html

I may have found something. Thanks for the heads up on the one in Chanute, you had my curiosity going.

If you go way down the page, it lists all of the towers in Chanute. It lists one at 20th and Steuben Ave. which looks identical to the one in Gas, according to the aerial photo.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:59 pm    Post subject: RE: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

I also ran across a site that said oil companies had microwave towers every so often on their pipelines to monitor them. So you may be right about them being used by oil / natural gas companies.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:10 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

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http://www.city-data.com/city/Chanute-Kansas.html

I may have found something. Thanks for the heads up on the one in Chanute, you had my curiosity going.

If you go way down the page, it lists all of the towers in Chanute. It lists one at 20th and Steuben Ave. which looks identical to the one in Gas, according to the aerial photo.


Awesome great find! That gave me enough info to put the correct search terms into google.

You were right. They are microwave towers. Managed by the Long Lines department of AT&T. Some were also used as cold war defense-era communications.

That is if this webpage is talking about the same type of tower. It looks pretty close.

http://preservationgreensboro.typepad.com/weblog/2011/08/index.html

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

Oh yeah also found this:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

I have always seen that tower when we drive along Hwy. 54...never knew what it was...and I never took the time to drive back there. Very cool!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

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So relay towers, like those shown, are usually built on hilltops, averaging about 30 miles apart...


Guess you need to check a thirty mile radius for the next two in the line.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

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So relay towers, like those shown, are usually built on hilltops, averaging about 30 miles apart...


Guess you need to check a thirty mile radius for the next two in the line.


Good call! The next one south is Chanute. I did a point to point measurement and they are 18 miles away.

And that's funny about them usually being built on hilltops because this is Kansas...no hills. Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

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Nicotti wrote:
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So relay towers, like those shown, are usually built on hilltops, averaging about 30 miles apart...


Guess you need to check a thirty mile radius for the next two in the line.


Good call! The next one south is Chanute. I did a point to point measurement and they are 18 miles away.

And that's funny about them usually being built on hilltops because this is Kansas...no hills. Smile


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

Finding out these are relay towers, was anyone inclined to think about the old signal towers from ancient times... You know you had a huge fire at the top that was started, signaled the next tower and soforth until everyone knew there was danger?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

Willard wrote:
Finding out these are relay towers, was anyone inclined to think about the old signal towers from ancient times... You know you had a huge fire at the top that was started, signaled the next tower and soforth until everyone knew there was danger?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Gas, Kansas Reply with quote

Haha
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