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Noon Whistle Near South Main St.


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Growing up in the Willow Bend area in the 1950s, we kids would expect to hear a noontime whistle from one of the industrial businesses off South Main. I never knew which business it was. I'm pretty sure it was not the Southern Pacific Railroad. Anyway, it was a signal to "warm up" our televisions for lunch-time cartoons.

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Don't know about South Main but if anyone knows if any of the businesses had a large steam plant that would be a clue. My dad worked at the SP Hardy Street shops for his entire working life. We lived close to intersection of Calvalcade and Irvington, near the park on Robertson. The steam plant at the shops had a huge whistle to signal start and end of shifts and lunch. Even two miles away, we could clearly hear the whistle. When the two minute whistle blew (2 before 4 o'clock, meaning get ready to leave) we knew it was time to jump in the car and go get dad. Sometimes we would go early and be at the shops when the whistle blew. That was some kind of loud, I'm telling ya......

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There use to a siren horn on Cliffwood right across from Red Elementary next to the neighborhood pool where the private school is now. The siren horn would go off ever Friday at 12pm for testing this was for a warning if we ever when to war with Russia when Russia broke up in to small countries in about 1998 to 2001 this siren horn was taken down I think this is what you were hearing. The siren horn was on top of a 65ft to 100ft telephone pole

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Growing up in the Willow Bend area in the 1950s, we kids would expect to hear a noontime whistle from one of the industrial businesses off South Main. I never knew which business it was. I'm pretty sure it was not the Southern Pacific Railroad. Anyway, it was a signal to "warm up" our televisions for lunch-time cartoons.

Waukesha Pierce?, S. Post Oak at S. Main

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I lived on Redstart street, east of Post Oak, 4700 block, I believe. I used to climb up on our swingset in the backyard to watch what we called the "friday noon whistle" which was a yellow-orange, rotating siren. I thought it was at a fire station, but I do not see the location today on google earth. I could see it rotating. This would have been 57-59. 

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I lived on Redstart street, east of Post Oak, 4700 block, I believe. I used to climb up on our swingset in the backyard to watch what we called the "friday noon whistle" which was a yellow-orange, rotating siren. I thought it was at a fire station, but I do not see the location today on google earth. I could see it rotating. This would have been 57-59. 

 

I just saw the post about red elementary school...this must be the one I remember, 6 blocks away.

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