AT&T Lee, IL microwave station
- Terry Michaels, owner of the Lee, IL station, has contributed a wealth of
information and photos concerning this concrete-silo tower on AT&T's first
transcontinental microwave route. I'll be posting the material in several
batches; the first is a history of the site which Terry wrote:
- Speaking on Deep Background, the Press Secretary whispered:
>AT&T wanted to have it demolished, but after the financial
> Terry Michaels, owner of the Lee, IL station, has contributed a wealth of
disaster incurred after the demolishing of a similar tower
at Mishawaka, IN, the concrete tower was abandoned instead.
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> Speaking on Deep Background, the Press Secretary whispered:wealth of
> > Terry Michaels, owner of the Lee, IL station, has contributed a
> > informationBy 1970 service on the Mishawaka concrete tower had been moved to an
> AT&T wanted to have it demolished, but after the financial
> disaster incurred after the demolishing of a similar tower
> at Mishawaka, IN, the concrete tower was abandoned instead.
adjacent steel tower, so AT&T made inquiries about having it
removed. A local contractor offered a bid to do so, which was
accepted. Unfortunately he underestimated how substantially built
the tower was, and ended up losing a lot of money as a result.
I've heard somewhat different accounts on this story, one AT&T
retiree told me the contractor actually went bankrupt trying to
finish the job.
In any case, as a result AT&T decided it was too expensive to have
the concrete tower at Lee, IL demolished. That decision saved AT&T
money years later when diversity antennas were installed on the
concrete tower at Lee instead of the steel tower.
- I've posted 14 photos contributed by the station's owner, Terry Michaels.
Terry has undertaken an extraordinary project to return the concrete-silo
tower to its original appearance and equipment, and most of the photos
depict the results of perhaps the most dramatic part of that effort - the
restoration and re-installation of four delay-lens antennas of the exact
type used on the transcontinental radio route which Lee served. Other
photos in this set show the antennas' arrival, and views of the station from
1972 and 1994.