Few People Know Ohio Was Home To The First Traffic Signal In America
By Sarah McCosham|Published April 07, 2023
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Traffic signals. They’re a ubiquitous part of modern life that we all take for granted. They keep motorists safe and traffic moving steadily. But they haven’t always existed; in fact, before 1914, America was conspicuously traffic signal-less. The world’s first electric traffic signal was put into place on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 5, 1914. Curious about how the first traffic signal in America came to be… in Ohio? Read on!
Did you know that Ohio was home to the first traffic signal in America? Crazy! In other firsts, Ohio was actually home to the world’s first concrete street — you can visit it today in bustling Bellafontaine.
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