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Texas tower, off Cape Cod, Mass., 1955

PC044.TMP.036 (RS81116)

Description

This rig was an artificial island that served as offshore housing for an early warning radar station for the Continental Air Defense Command. Built in Quincy, it was stationed about 100 miles east of Cape Cod. The five man-made islands in this system, covering 1,000 miles of the eastern seaboard, were called "Texas Towers" after the Gulf of Mexico oil rigs on which their design was based. This defense system demonstrates how seriously the government took the threat of attack during the Cold War.

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Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1955
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
194081
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.036

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Other Organizations
Continental Air Defense Command
Descriptive Terms
rigs
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Subjects
Cold War
National defense
Places
Cape Cod (Barnstable county, Massachusetts) [peninsula]
Atlantic Ocean [ocean]
Notes
Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.

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