Western Union microwave relay sites: Allegheny 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 XV

Site Name: Allegheny
Call Sign:
State: Pennsylvania
Shade Township
US 30
Type of Facility:
Tower Height: 60′

Allegheny relay location map.

Western Union constructed this relay in Shade Township, Somerset County, north of U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway). Located at an altitude of 2,930 feet above mean sea level, this 0.918-acre parcel was acquired by the Telegraph Realty Company in November 1945 from the heirs of Margaret Manges for $500.00. Two years later the property was transferred to the realty company’s parent, the Western Union Telegraph Company when the realty company liquidated its assets. Western Union owned the site until 1971 when it was sold to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for $15,000.00.

The company built a 60′ tower at this relay site. In 2004 the former relay site had been abandoned by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the tower and appurtenances removed. FCC records suggest that the Western Union tower may have been removed between 1971 and 1999.

© 2010 David S. Rotenstein

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