In an age where stop lights have become an indispensable part of our daily lives, delving into their origins sparks a sense of curiosity. The Smoky Hill Museum takes a step back in time with a captivating photograph from the Museum's Collection, dating back to c. 1945, which captures the installation of novel stop lights on lampposts at the bustling intersection of Santa Fe and Iron.
As the wheels of history turned, the introduction of these stop lights marked a significant milestone in traffic management. With the aim to regulate the ever-increasing flow of vehicles, authorities took the initiative to assist drivers in adapting to this new traffic control system. Ingeniously, the police department erected signs, acting as guiding beacons for motorists navigating the uncharted waters of the stop-light era.
In an era before the convenience of crosswalk lights, pedestrian safety was a paramount concern. Recognizing this, 'no-turn' signs adorned the vicinity, providing an additional layer of protection for those traversing the bustling streets.