From Trunk to Branch: Toll Roads in New York, 1800-1860
Christopher T. Baer
Hagley Museum and Library
Daniel B. Klein
George Mason University - Department of Economics
University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
Essays in Economic and Business History, Vol. 11, 191-209, 1993
The years 1800-1830 are sometimes designated the turnpike era, since in the 1830's canals and railroads began eclipsing the old wagon roads. Thereafter, long distance travel went by water and rail, but the journey often began on one of the many short toll roads feeding the system. This paper documents the changing composition of the New York toll road system as a whole and provides some firm-level data. Toll roads continued to play an important role up to the Civil War and afterwards.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: Toll roads, turnpikes, plank roads, trunk line, canals, railroads, internal improvements
Date posted: January 8, 2004
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