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Wilton 'silent cop' to be restored
Wilton's historic “silent police officer” has been located at the entrance to Main Street safe for about 90 years and is in need of restoration. Residents know it as “the dummy.” (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys/Union Leader Correspondent)
The metal, four-sided traffic light sits at the end of Main Street. It is about 10 feet tall and is affectionately known as “the dummy” by residents. Its old-fashioned hands have fingers pointing in various directions and black lettering that reads, “Wilton Main Street,” “Peterboro Rt. 31 S Rout 101” and “Lyndeboro Rt. 31 N.” With its blinking red and yellow light, officials say it might be the last such signal still in use in America.
The restoration, expected to cost a few hundred dollars, will be discussed at tonight’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting.
“I like it. I would like it to stay as a directional and it helps with traffic control,” Wilton Road Agent Steve Elliott said.
This time, Andy Roeper from Winn Mountain Restorations has volunteered to sandblast the signal.
Photographs from the 1930s show the sign’s black lettering once read, “Slow down, keep right.”
“We are going to determine if we are comfortable going forward keeping it that way, or to restore it to how it was,” Meltzer said.
The intersection can’t support traffic lights due to how close the buildings are to the road, according to the town’s road agent and Wilton Police Chief Brent Hautanen.
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