Reported By Randy Rauch, Meteorologist - bio | email
TRENTON, Tenn. -
Trenton, Tennessee, about 150 miles away from Nashville, has a unique claim to fame that visitors quickly notice upon entering the community.
Upon looking around the small town, which is home to around 4,000 residents, speed limit signs of 31 miles-per-hour stand out almost immediately.
"It's a little strange," Mayor Tony Burris admitted, adding, "We get some people that question it every once in awhile that it's 31 miles-per-hour, but mostly really people are intrigued by it."
Town historian Fred Culp told Nashville's News 2 the unusual speed limit stems from a city council meeting from the 1960s.
"It was so people would take notice of the speed limit because 30 is so common, but they would not pay so much attention," he explained.
Mayor Burris added, "There was a compromise struck between members of the city council over whether the speed limit should be 30 miles-per-hour or 35 miles-per-hour and I think they just make a compromise and they would just make it 31 miles-per-hour and it stuck!"
The Trenton community is also known as the Tea-Pot Capital.