A stretch of Kercheval Avenue in the Morningside section of Detroit, in the northeast part of town, still has some examples of Detroit’s oldest surviving municipal light post, some posts dating back to 1897.
There are other posts of this type scattered around town, but these still have their 1940s pendant and gumball-style luminaires. Note the footholds on the shaft, going all the way to the apex.
I’m told Detroit plans to overhaul its lampposts and scour out these survivors by 2017.
Photo courtesy the Facebook group Traffic Signals and Highway Signs.