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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

John Majewski


University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics


Essays in Economic and Business History, Vol. 11, 191-209, 1993

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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

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Baer, Christopher T. and Klein, Daniel B. and Majewski, John, From Trunk to Branch: Toll Roads in New York, 1800-1860. Essays in Economic and Business History, Vol. 11, 191-209, 1993. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=484602

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Christopher T. Baer
Hagley Museum and Library ( email )
P.O. Box 3630
Wilmington, DE 19807
United States
Daniel B. Klein (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
John Majewski
University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics ( email )
2127 North Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States
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