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"Twice is Nice" in Leesburg, Va

2 towers visible here. The one on the left is on top of a Verizon building. Picture taken from the "Twice is Nice" thrift shop parking lot.

"Twice is Nice" in Leesburg, Va
Jay2TheRescue, Dec 29, 2005
Location / Street Address:
319 E. Market St.
Landmarks or cross street:
on top of Bell Atlantic CO
Structure Type:
Radio/Latticed tower
Camouflaged/Stealth Cell Site?:
Antenna Use:
Multiple Types
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    • charlyee
      WOW, that is one massive structure, specially to be located on top of a building.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      Yeah, these towers are only about 1 block from the historic district. I don't believe cell sites are permitted in the historic district, so these towers must be engineered to provide coverage in the downtown sections of Leesburg. Between the 2 towers I think all carriers are represented.

    • pbw
      A little history. That whole complex was built in 1955, the tower was a microwave relay for C&P Telephone's site ontop of Mount Weather (where the FEMA bunker is) and AT&T's Aldie site. These were important links as Aldie feeds into AT&T's underground long distance switch at Monrovia, MD. Monrovia was also a DOD AUTOVON switch. Aldie was also a remote transmitter site for the U.S. Air Force 7th Communications Group, but they left Aldie in the 80s. I think it is safe to say that back in the mid-50s, the functionality the tower provided far out weighted any visual concerns. Remember, in the 50's that whole county was farm land.

      Once the tower was built, there was no need to tear it down. The visual damage had been done and 50 years later the tower is a landmark of its own. Typical of decomissioned C&P facilities the honrs have been taken off but the county has put their own drums up to support the 800mhz trunked radio system (hence the large black omnidirectional antenna with microwave trunks).

      The towers are in a capacity pinch, re the Sprint PCS PetCo rooftop site and "lightpole" Nextel site at the outlet malls. The tower behind the central office (R&W) has both Cingular's as well as Metricom (remember Richocet?) along with some paging carriers.

      Have you found the AT&T long distance POP near the CO. That is a well concealed site :)
    • Jay2TheRescue
      No I haven't. I've only been taking pics of the obvious installations & bad cammo sites. Once I get all them cataloged I'll try and look for the good cammo sites. Thanks for the history. We make a great team. I take the pics, and you tell everyone about them!

    • pbw
      Owch that hurts! :)

      I love to do telecom research but I like to think I can throw an interesting picture up now and then. In fact, I feel challenged and since the weather tomorrow is going to suck. I'll dig up some stuff from last years trip to Roanoke... If your going to go for broke, you will want the fake/ugly Nextel steeple site in Dranesville off of 7 and the decent short fake tree on Franklin Farm Rd. & 7100 or there abouts.
    • chuikov
      Anybody else ever notice that lattice towers were built with four legs rather than three untill some time about 1960? I'm sure there are exceptions, but it seems odd that it took that long for folks to realize that the three leg configuration is lighter and stronger.

      This is just a casual observation, and I could be wrong, but the old towers all seem to have four legs.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      This site originally had 4 huge, heavy microwave horns on top as it was originally a "Ma Bell" microwave site for long distance service. There is an old Bell System microwave tower with the horns still intact about 5 miles from my Mom's house. I'll try to take a pic of it later today when I go visit her.
    • Jay2TheRescue
      I generally don't have any reason to go down Drainesville road or the Fairfax Co. Parkway, but I did notice a really bad MonoPine and a nice Flagpole when I drove down the parkway last week on my way to my aunt's house Christmas Eve.
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