Stepping back in time inside a historic microwave relay station

Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part VIII

Equipment building rear door, October 2004.

Entering the abandoned Jennerstown Western Union microwave relay station was like stepping back in time. Secured behind a sturdy cyclone fence and located hundreds of yards away from the nearest road on a ridge in the Allegheny highlands, the historic tower and equipment building had been bypassed being cannibalized by the telecommunications industry and had suffered little damage from looters and vandals. The Western Union relay site was a Cold War-era relic from a time when computers occupied entire rooms and when radios used vacuum tubes, not integrated circuits. Continue reading