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From Trunk to Branch: Toll Roads in New York, 1800-1860

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

19 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2004  

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Toll roads, turnpikes, plank roads, trunk line, canals, railroads, internal improvements

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=484602

Christopher T. Baer

Hagley Museum and Library ( email )

P.O. Box 3630
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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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