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Traffic Control Tower.

Traffic Control Tower

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Meriden, Connecticut

A hulking survivor of the early days of highway chaos, the Meriden Traffic Tower of was built in 1925 and controlled traffic at a busy downtown intersection for nearly 42 years. Resembling a prison guard tower, with a bewildering assortment of red, amber, and green lights embedded in its four sides, it was manned by an operator who climbed into it from a ladder. The Tower was considered so notable that it was featured on several post cards.

Meriden loved its Tower, even though it did eventually replaced it with a boring traffic light. Rather than throw the Tower away the city restored it and moved it to a a little park just down the street from its original site, a place "of dignity and prominence" according to its historical plaque. Some of its lights have been left on, but the Tower is so odd-looking that its cryptic signals are unlikely to confuse modern drivers.

Traffic Control Tower

44 Hanover St., Meriden, CT
Downtown, on the south side of the intersection of Hanover, Colony and Perkins Sts. You can park in the adjacent lot on the south side of Hanover.
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