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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Where and When Was the First Stop Sign Used?

Where and When Was the First Stop Sign Used?

Before the first stop sign was invented, the streets were in disarray, chaotic, and dirty. At first, there were no lane markers or speed limits. Signage of any type was rare, the exception being occasional signs signaling those on horseback of the distance to the nearest town. We have come a very long way since then, with most people having navigation available on their phones. William Phillips Eno is credited for having developed the first stop sign.  The stop sign has an interesting history. The first stop sign was developed in the state of Michigan in 1915. This was probably because Detroit was the center of the automobile manufacturing industry. It was a small black and white sign, not the red with white lettering that we have today. Also, the shape was not standardized until 1922, when the American Association of State Highway Officials met and selected the octagonal shape that we’re familiar with today. They chose the octagonal shape so that drivers seeing the back of ... read more


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