First Roadway Fatality Memorial Marker?

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First Roadway Fatality Memorial Marker?

Post by New_Windsor_NY » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:10 pm

We've all seen the crosses, floral tributes, candles, photos, etc., left by family and friends who lost a loved one or lost loved ones. Usually they are placed near the location of the fatality. To be more specific, I mean the traffic fatalities. I often wondered when and where this ritual started. I am not trying to be ghoulish or insensitive. But I found this article in a July 1941, New York newspaper and it may be the answer to my question.
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Re: First Roadway Fatality Memorial Marker?

Post by Samb » Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:04 pm

Everyone I've seen has been by a stop sign.

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Post by New_Windsor_NY » Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:50 pm

Samb wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:04 pm
Everyone.....
I've driven from Los Angeles to New York and back to Los Angeles 11 times.
I've seen these memorials on every freeway, interstate highway, parkway,
toll road, back road and yes, surface streets. It all had to start somewhere.
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Post by Samb » Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:41 pm

I don't get around as much as you do but around Hicksville here seems like the fatal memorials are at stop signs that someone ran through.

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Post by OLDE CUTLER » Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:54 pm

An interesting clipping. My brother in law was killed in a head on accident west of town here last Oct. 8. His roadside marker was just put up a couple of weeks ago.
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Post by RobesonsRme.com » Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:00 am

When I was a boy, there was a particularly dangerous S-curve on U.S. 11 and it snaked through a gap in Ruffner m
Mountain. The area was called, Saddlers Gap. I have no idea as to the origin of the name.

It was not properly banked and people drove through it too fast, as there was a certain thrill involved.

There were multiple fatal crashes there from either meeting an oncoming car or simply leaving the road and hitting the trees.

There was a white cross that read, in black, X KILLED and every time there was a fatality, they just changed the number. Last I recall was 16.

Years ago, they regraded it, improved the banking and kind of straightened it out, but not much. Also made it a four lane, so it’s better.

The cross is no longer there.
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When I was a boy, there was a particularly dangerous S-curve on U.S. 11 and it snaked through a gap in Ruffner m
Mountain. The area was called, Saddlers Gap. I have no idea as to the origin of the name.

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Just west of the town I grew up in, we had a similar curve - 2 lanes, no shoulders, no banking, and a bridge over the creek right in the dead middle of the "S". I don't remember there being any crosses in the area of the S-curve, but everyone called it and referenced it as "Dead Man's Curve" because so many people had been killed in accidents there.

50 years later, the road at that point is now 6 lane/4 shoulders (2 driving, 1 turn each way) with a median strip with anti-crossing wires and posts with the curve completely eradicated.

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Post by RobesonsRme.com » Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:40 pm

My mother once quipped it was called Saddlers Gap because it was where so many people embarked on their journey to heaven or hell.
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