First, a little history from the Plympton website: The town of Plympton was incorporated in 1707. It is approximately 14.8 square miles and is, therefore, the smallest town in southeastern Massachusetts. The population is somewhat over 2600.
When I was growing up in Plympton the population was just under 2000. So, as you can see Plympton is a growing community. It’s become such the hotbed of activity, that after 301 years the first traffic light has been installed in the center of town. A month ago, the only light in Plympton was, a flashing yellow found on Prospect Road (another flashing light has recently been installed on Palmer Road). As you can tell from this shot (taken Saturday afternoon) the light is badly needed with all that heavy traffic!
Yes, I’m one of the people who felt there really wasn’t a need for the traffic light, if only for the fact that I don’t want it to take away from the country feel of the town. Then again it probably has to do with me wishing Plympton would always stay the way I remember it from childhood.
My great uncle Jim had a favorite quote written by a Plymptonian named Tom Bose. It has become one of my favorite qoutes:
I hope that progress leaves a sign that there was a once upon a time.