Appreciation of history keeps old Merion streetlight intact
Streetlights are often an afterthought. Unless you’re Paul Hagan and his daughter Polly. Paul, of Merion Station, recovered an old Merion streetlight in the ’50s from the Philadelphia Electric yard.
It’s still standing, despite being crushed in a snowstorm last winter.
The 15 1/2-foot pole traveled with the Hagan family in the ’60s to its current location. The light dates back to the early 20th century, and seems to be the last one standing, as the Main Line Times reports.
Even when a snowstorm knocked it down, Paul Hagan saved the pieces. His daughter commissioned Philadelphia’s Klemm Reflector Co. to restore the streetlight, piece by piece. It’s now back on the Hagan’s lawn.
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