New York Turnpikes

From FamilySearch Wiki
Revision as of 12:43, 1 February 2013 by Parrisl (talk | contribs) (Added text)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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.