Like the hitching posts that once lined Maple Street in Fennville, the city’s only traffic light also became functionally obsolete. Not because the mode of transportation changed, but because the signals had no cautionary yellow light to allow pedestrians and traffic to clear before changing to green.
The traffic signals at the corner of Maple and Main streets were outlawed around 1939. One of the signals is now mounted on the porch of Crane’s Pie Pantry restaurant, bakery and orchards as one of the many historical curiosities at the restaurant.
The defunct traffic signal was one of many topics storytellers at Fennville District Library recalled as a piece of Fennville’s history.
Sponsored by the Fennville Downtown District Association, storytellers Bob Crane, Robert Hutchinson and James Hutchins, all descendents of Fennville pioneers, sat on a panel of storytellers moderated by former longtime mayor Mary Ann Moeller.
More than 50 people attended the storytelling event and because of its popularity, another one is being planned in the future.