Illinois Central Crossing Gate

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Title

Illinois Central Crossing Gate

Description

Illinois Central Railroad crossing on Seminary Street. Automated gates were introduced in the 1930s to protect cars and pedestrians. Crossing warning signs were not standardized until 1949. Originally wooden crossing gates blocked the entire roadway. After 1950, crossing gates covered only the half of the roadway of oncoming traffic. This allowed vehicles "trapped" within the gates to have a safe escape route.

Date

circa 1930s

Rights

Midway Village Museum

Format

jpeg

Type

Still Image

Identifier

85.109(I).905.46

Original Format

Photo

Citation

“Illinois Central Crossing Gate,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed July 30, 2021, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/3854.

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