Historian explains town's 31 mph speed limit - WNCT

Historian explains town's 31 mph speed limit

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TRENTON, T.N. -

A small town in Tennessee has a unique claim to fame.  Speed limit signs in the town of Trenton are posted at 31 miles per hour.

Trenton's population is about 4,000 and by all standards it's like any normal Tennessee town.  So where did this weird 31 mph speed limit come from?  According to the town historian, he traces it back to a 1960's city council meeting.

"It was so people would take notice of the speed limit," said Fred Culp, town historian.  "Cause thirty is so common, they would not pay so much attention."

"There was a compromise struck between members of the city council over whether the speed limit should be 30 mph or 35 mph," said Tony Burriss, Trenton Mayor.  "And I think they just made a compromise and they would just make it 31 mph. And it stuck!"

So if you're ever in Trenton, TN put it on cruise control and enjoy every minute of your extra one mile per hour.

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