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 Carlton Cole “Carl” Magee

Carlton Cole “Carl” Magee

Birth
Iowa, USA
Death Feb 1946 (aged 74)
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 2335 · View Source
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Inventor of Modern Parking Meter. Lawyer, newspaper editor, and inventor. He was born in in Fayette, Iowa and died in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Magee lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1919-1927. As owner and editor of an Albuquerque newspaper, he helped uncover and implicate Albert B. Fall in the famous Teapot Dome scandal. Although it is sometimes disputed he is generally credited with originating the parking meter. He filed for a patent for a "coin controlled parking meter" May 13, 1935. The patent,#2,118,318, was issued May 24, 1938. The world's first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935. Mr. Magee had been appointed to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce traffic committee, and was assigned the task of solving the parking problems in downtown Oklahoma City. Apparently, folks who worked in the area were parking on downtown streets, staying all day, and leaving few spaces for shoppers and others who visited the central business district. Magee's solution was to install parking meters, charge for the use of the parking spaces, and turn over those spaces that would otherwise have been filled by all day parkers. In addition, the parking meters would generate revenue for a growing city. It must have worked, as the idea of metered parking eventually caught on worldwide. From that early beginning, the use of parking meters by municipalities, colleges and universities, and private parking facilities has increased to the point that today, in the United States alone, there are an estimated five million parking meters in use. Based on this number, if every parking meter collected only 25 cents per day, the gross revenues generated by parking meters in the U.S. for one day would be a staggering 1.25 million dollars ($1,250,000). The first parking meters were manufactured by the Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter Company. Of today's parking meter manufacturers, the ones with the longest bloodline is probably POM, Inc. The name Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter Company was later changed to the P.O.M. Company, a trademarked name made from the initials of Park-O-Meter. In 1992, POM began marketing and selling the first fully electronic parking meter, the patented "APM" Advanced Parking Meter, with features such as a free-fall coin chute and a choice of solar or battery power. He was married to Grace Magee and was the father of Carl C. Magee, Jr., Gertrude Magee, and Theodore "Ted" Magee.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Carlton Cole “Carl” Magee (Jan 1872–Feb 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2335, citing Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .