New York Turnpikes

From FamilySearch Wiki
Revision as of 18:44, 1 February 2013 by Parrisl (talk | contribs) (Added category)

Jump to: navigation, search

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.

Timeline