The Long Lines site in Holts Summit, Missouri was part of the AT&T (Bell System) Long Lines network between the 1950s and 1980s. The Holts Summit site relayed telephone and television signals during that time, before being replaced with fiber optics.
The tower is situated on Greenway Drive in Holts Summit, and sits across from a newer neighborhood. The tower base station is somewhat hidden by a thick treeline which borders the road. Holts Summit itself is about five minutes away from the state capitol in Jefferson City, and is between Saint Louis and Kansas City. Therefore, this site would have endured somewhat heavy traffic.
The site was connected to Prairie Home to the northwest and Hermann to the east. According to the 1960 and 1966 Long Lines map, the station also had a television-only connection to the telephone Central Office in Jefferson City. According to a later 1979 map, the Jefferson City spur route was expanded to Eldon.
Oddly, the only network television station in the Jefferson City area — KRCG-TV — has always been located in New Bloomfield, which is located north-northeast of this site. Jefferson City is located to the southwest.
The tower is presently owned by Subcarrier Communications, who leases out tower space to cell phone carriers and other users. (Oddly, though, the site is not mentioned on Subcarrier’s website.) It is assumed that the tower is no longer operational, as AT&T has long sold the tower (likely in 1999) and the microwave radios turned down. This tower, like it’s neighboring site in Prairie Home, still has its top-most KS-15676 horns, as well as an additional cornucopia horn that would’ve likely served space-diversity purposes.
Similar to other Missouri sites, this station features the basic white concrete base building. This site would have been an un-manned, remote “repeater” site.
Photo: August 31, 2021
Over three years after first photographing/posting about this site, I revisited it to get a photo of the tower from a different angle. This photo comes out much better and reveals the space diversity antenna pointed toward Prairie Home still has its waveguide installed.
Photos: July 13, 2018
Photographed July 13, 2018 using a Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2.