Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Minot Auto Club – Traffic Signals
The Minot Auto Club was organized to promote road building and maintenance, to better regulate traffic and to prevent Auto thefts. It held its first annual picnic at
in June of 1921. It was attended by over 4000 people and more than 512 cars. In
1930 after his sixth accident, Judge William Murray considered issuing himself
a restraining order prohibiting his diving an automobile anymore. Traffic
signals were tried in various locations, but most drivers ignored them. They
did not use them again until 1939. The city installed a signal at Rice Lake 2nd St NW
and 4th Avenue
and also in downtown .
In 1935 the State Patrol came into existence and drivers licenses were required.
The new Patrol Superintendent and his four officers went to county seats like
Minot and issued drivers licenses to reluctant drivers for payment of a small