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The Sixties

The day after Easter Sunday is a quiet one on Syracuse’s North Side. This view is looking east toward Butternut Circle.

Notable details

The center signal, featured on top, is original equipment from the signal installation. Note the visors: Full visors for red and yellow, scalloped visors for green, similar to 1966 installations in Saratoga Springs. The difference between the Salt City and the Spa City? The former used hometown manufacturer Crouse-Hinds, the latter Marbelite. Syracuse also used wider brackets for 2-, 3- and 4-way signals. At right, a spanwire pole from that era; note the round surface.

Grant Boulevard at Pond Street/
McChesney Park Drive

In the late 1960s—say 1968 to about 1971—city installations took on a particular look not unlike Saratoga Springs. Spanwire poles were still colored—either in primer red or painted green—and now more than one signal was being used on a regular basis, reflecting federal regulations implemented around 1966.

Crouse-Hinds changed the appearance of their signals in 1966-67, going from the breadloaf appearance to a more streamlined appearance that would allow for better interchangability of 8" and 12" units. The Syracuse signal of the late 1960s were painted all yellow, used 8-inch lenses, and had full visors for red and yellow lights and scalloped visors for green.

This intersection is a rare survivor from that era. Even then, only the center, 4-way signal is original equipment. Still, it is interesting to note. Most of the installations took place in the Syracuse University area, and were globally replaced around 1997 by yellow-colored 12-inch TCT units. All photos taken 21 April 2003.