It was 1918, the last year of World War I, and to intensely patriotic Anaheim this seemed a good idea: Erect a flagpole in the precise center of town.
That was in the middle of the town's main intersection, Center Street and Los Angeles Street (now Anaheim Boulevard). Traffic, above, would just have to look out.
Six years later the City Council removed the pole as a traffic hazard and held firm when about 1,000 citizens petitioned to have it restored.
A new City Council was elected in 1925 and promptly put the flagpole back. But by 1935, traffic safety had become more important, and the flagpole was removed forever.