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Charlotte, North Carolina: Old Man Traffic: Hugh McManaway Team Field Report

Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC
Southeast side of Charlotte. Intersection of Queens and Providence Rd.
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Old Man Traffic: Hugh McManaway

Statue honors local character who "directed traffic" at this intersection, uninvited, for 20 years. Report... [07/10/2016]

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Old Man Traffic: Hugh McManaway

Hugh McManaway (the statue known as Old Man Traffic ) lived at 1700 Queens Road, a Victorian home a block from the statue. The house was built in 1874 and stood in the center of Charlotte before it was moved to its current location in 1916. Hugh's father died six years after the house was moved, and Hugh and his mother continued to live a somewhat reclusive life, the house crumbling around them, until the 1970s when Hugh's mother died and he was moved to assisted living.

[Dru Quarles, 08/15/2018]

Hugh, uninvited, directed traffic at the intersection outside his house until 1976. The neighborhood never forgot it, and erected a statue of Hugh in his customary spot in 2000.

Old Man Traffic.

Old Man Traffic

Still in great shape (with a little flakiness and some purple crepe paper residue on his fingers from weddings past), old Hugh stands guard at this busy intersection. There's easy parking in the church lot on the corner if you want to take a closer look.

[The Groovenator, 06/16/2015]

The late Hugh McManaway was a well-known character and self-deputized traffic director at this intersection. Wedding announcements are sometimes affixed to his statue's bronze fingers.

Old Man Traffic.

Old Man Traffic

At the intersection of Queens and Providence Rd in Charlotte is a statue erected in honor of Hugh McManaway. Hugh used to stand at this very intersection directing traffic, and when he died the statue was erected to honor him. Now it appears that weddings are advertised on old Hugh.

[Jacob Krejci, 03/28/2010]

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