Nuggets of history
• In 1895, John Springer of Stroudsburg tripped and fell on uneven sidewalk, which the “council so kindly laid down” for South Stroudsburg residents, according to The Daily Times, a local newspaper of the time.
• The penalty in 1902 for spitting in a public place, which included sidewalks and trolley car floors, was $5 to $25 or imprisonment.
• In 1916, Stroudsburg residents were to shovel the sidewalks in front of their homes within six daylight hours after the snow had stopped falling or face a fine of not less than $2.50 and not more than $10.
• During the early 1900s, traffic signals along Main Street from Ninth to Second in Stroudsburg consisted of a row of pedestals on which red lanterns were placed. It was the duty of the local police officers to light the lanterns. Careless drivers, first those of horse-drawn vehicle and then of automobiles, would frequently crash into the pedestals, knocking the lanterns off their stands.
• The first parking meters were install in Stroudsburg in 1939, just four years after the world’s first meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
• In 1975, parking meters – 11 of them – were erected on lower Main Street from North Third Street to the Interborough Bridge in Stroudsburg, where parking used to be free.
• Police Chief Charles McDonald opened an envelope during an 1975 East Stroudsburg council meeting and poured about 30 aluminum soda can rings onto the table in front of him. Earlier, a police officer had spend two to three hours removing the rings from the borough’s parking meters. “We find 20 to 30 of these jammed into the parking meters every day,” McDonald told the council.
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