Western Union microwave relay sites: Red Lion relay, Pennsylvania

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union sign on the Tenley terminal, 2002.

Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part VI

Site Name: Red Lion
Call Sign:
KGB37
State: Pennsylvania
County:
York
Municipality:
Windsor Township
Address:
Indian Springs Road
Type of Facility:
Relay
Original
Tower Height: 100′

Western Union Telegraph Company Red Lion relay station, York County, Pennsylvania.

The Red Lion relay site is located in Windsor Township, York County, Pennsylvania, north of the town of Red Lion. The site is at an elevation of 995 feet above mean sea level on a parcel east of Pennsylvania State Route 24. The Telegraph Realty Company in September 1945 paid $725.00 to John and Melinda Ludwig for the lot and a perpetual right to cross the Ludwig property for access to the facility. Two years later the realty company transferred title to its parent, the Western Union Telegraph Company. Western Union in 1967 sold it to the Television and Electronics Service Corporation for $10,000.00. In 1999, Television and Electronics Service Corporation – by then trading as Waymaker Company – sold the site to Pennsylvania Microwave Network, Inc., the property’s current owner.

Western Union Red Lion relay station as seen from the street. Photo by David Rotenstein, 2003.

Western Union built a 100-foot tower at this relay site. Located in what was in 2004 the rear yard area of a single-family residence, the tower, cab, and equipment building were intact. Alterations to the tower include the mounting of parabolic and whip antennas plus a mast extending the overall height above the cab stage.

Red Lion relay tower and compound. Photo by David Rotenstein, 2003.

Red Lion relay tower cab. Photo by David Rotenstein, 2003.

Red Lion relay tower base detail. Photo by David Rotenstein, 2003.

Red Lion relay tower detail. Photo by David Rotenstein, 2003.

© 2010 David S. Rotenstein

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