Garrett Morgan: Signal Achievements - Erie News Now | WICU & WSEE in Erie, PA

Garrett Morgan: Signal Achievements

From the U.S. Census Bureau

Thousands of Americans owe their lives to the inventions of Garrett Morgan.

The son of former slaves, Morgan invented the gas mask. Originally designed for firemen, he used one of his masks to help rescue men trapped by a gas explosion in a tunnel under Lake Erie. The masks were used extensively by U.S. soldiers in World War I.

Morgan also greatly helped traffic safety. After witnessing a collision between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage, he invented an automatic traffic signal, the basis for today's modern systems. These are much needed in view of the fact that there are more than 178- million cars, trucks and buses on the nation's highways.

This profile is adapted from Profile America, a radio series produced by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2004.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by Frankly
3514 State St. Erie, PA 16508
Newsroom: (814) 454-8812
Business offices: (814) 454-5201
Share Stories
Submit your stories to our site!
Share Photos
Share your photos in our community galleries
RSS Feeds
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WICU. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
                   WICU/WSEE - 3514 State Street Erie, PA 16508 - (814) 454-5201 -