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History Early turnpikes were toll road and so they were comparatively good highways. They were called turnpikes because they were barred by a pike (or pole) balanced and swinging on a post. This aparatus was placed in the center of the early turnpikes as a toll gate. When the traveler paid his toll, pike was turned parallel with the road and the toll-payer passed through.

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