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Utah celebrates 100th anniversary of our nation's first traffic signal

GasBuddy Blog -- If someone were to ask me where I thought the first traffic signal was put to use in the U.S., I have to say that Salt Lake City wouldn't make my list even if I was given 10 or 15 guesses.

But apparently, Utah is laying claim to putting into operation the first functioning traffic signal in the U.S.

According to folks at the Utah Dept. of Transportation (UDOT), the invention of the traffic light came about 100 years ago and it belongs to Lester Wire, a police officer in Salt Lake City who they said had grown troubled by the congestion and danger developing from traffic at one of the city's busier intersections.

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that Wire’s invention looked like a large birdhouse with lights...


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Karisholman
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2012 3:15:05 AM

This is odd. It seems strange that an officer would stand next to it to operate other than personally direct traffic. It might be safer, though.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 2:21:55 PM

saves on whistle blowing
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spiderjay
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 2:17:38 PM

it had to start somewhere
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 8:16:58 AM

So
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 6:32:25 AM

traffic lights are a pain!
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:26:56 AM

Did we celebrate by hanging in effigy the inventer?
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:03:16 AM

Blame Utah for wasting gas at stop lights ;)
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:03:09 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:02:22 AM

Nice bit of nostalgia...
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:57:56 AM

ok, this article helped me save gas
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:56:39 AM

Hard to believe. I'm 71 and remember seeing many traffic lights as a little kid.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:56:27 AM

Old...
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Big deal
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ok
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Lets move on
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whoopy
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Yesterdays news.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:54:12 AM

they did, did they?
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ok
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Ok
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Repeat
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:51:11 AM

thoufght Cleveland, Ohio had traffic lights 1st?
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cool
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Great piece of trivea.
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ok
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:48:22 AM

Thanks Lester.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:48:22 AM

Wow.... ?
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ok so what
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:43:39 AM

And tickets for running the red light?
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:43:14 AM

This relates to gas prices how???
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:41:56 AM

hmm...
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Well, there ya' go.
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how soon we forget
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:41:31 AM

Déjà vu
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ok
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Yawn, really? Zzzzzz...
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Could not live another day without knowing that!
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alright
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:40:04 AM

Who would have guessed Utah, not me.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:39:27 AM

Thats good to know now give me another Bud......
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Great trivia question!
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Read Light?
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AW, how cute... who cares?
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Anniversary for the first ticket for running a read light must be just around the corner.
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Big deal.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:33:31 AM

Wow, interesting stuff. What does this have to do with GAS PRICES?
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