More bats, you say?
January 22, 2019 7:48 PM Subscribe
Dr. Charles Augustus Rosenheimer Campbell, the chief bacteriologist of San Antonio in the early 20th century, wanted to try harnessing bats' appetite for mosquitoes to fight malaria--so he set about designing several stately towers intended to attract and house bats. Sadly, only two Campbell bat roosts remain standing today. Bat Conservation International tells the story of the Hygieostatic Bat Roost in Comfort, TX; Atlas Obscura offers additional background and more photos. The other remaining Campbell bat roost, at Shangri La Gardens in Orange, TX, has disintegrated over the years. Hurricane Irma took down Florida's Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower in 2017; The Architect's Newspaper describes how the picturesque landmark was beloved by locals despite famously containing zero bats throughout its history. Perhaps the most striking of the Campbell bat roosts, in Temple Terrace, Florida, burned down in 1979. The University of South Florida offers a short history video.