“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Meriden in New Haven County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)

Meridenís Traffic Tower

Meridenís Traffic Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 14, 2010
1. Meridenís Traffic Tower Marker
Meridenís Traffic Tower
Erected on September 21, 1925, Meridenís Traffic Tower was an innovative traffic control device designed to provide safe travel for the vehicles and pedestrians of the growing city. The unique character of the tower quickly made it a local landmark and a symbol of the city.
The traffic towerís original location, a short distance north of this site was in an area rich in historical significance for both Meriden and Connecticut. One of the earliest colonial roads ran through the area that is now downtown Meriden and in 1784 Connecticutís first stage coach ran from Hartford to New Haven passing through Meriden from Cook Avenue to West Main Street and along Colony Street.
In the 1930ís the Meriden Daily Journal ran a daily news column entitled “The Traffic Tower” indicating the towerís popularity as a city landmark. During World War II Meriden servicemen received a monthly “News From Home” bulletin which carried a picture of the traffic tower as a reminder of home.
On May 22, 1967, after 42 years of successful operation, the traffic tower was retired from service to make way for modern traffic control devices. However, the memories associated with the tower and the symbolic value it had gained remained in the hearts and minds of many. Accordingly, in 1974
Meridenís Traffic Tower image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 14, 2010
2. Meridenís Traffic Tower
the tower was purchased by Kogut Enterprises and renovated through the efforts of the Union - Parker Co. and the American National Bank. In 1981, through the efforts of the Pride in Meriden Committee, the traffic tower was replaced near its original location at the intersection of Colony and West Main Streets.
As part of Meridenís downtown revitalization the city has chosen to restore the traffic tower and provide it a place of dignity and prominence in the cityís new downtown. From this place the traffic tower can continue to serve as an important symbol of the industry, innovation, values and community spirit of a city with a great past and a promising future.
October 1993
Erected 1993.
Location. 41° 32.257′ N, 72° 48.164′ W. Marker is in Meriden, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is at the intersection of Hanover Street and Perkins Street, on the right when traveling east on Hanover Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Meriden CT 06450, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meriden Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.3 miles away); USS Maine Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cristoforo Colombo
Meridenís Traffic Tower image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 14, 2010
3. Meridenís Traffic Tower
The marker is in front of the tower.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Center Congregational Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Masonic Lodge in Meriden (approx. 0.6 miles away); Meriden / Lexington Alarm (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Meriden.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 2,097 times since then and 263 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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