What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
act of incorporation act passed allowed assembly authority Avenue became free Becket Blue Hill Turnpike Boston Bristol build a road cent Center charter commissioners committee Concord Connecticut line Connecticut River Connecticut Turnpike connection construction corner cost court crossing Cumberland Turnpike Dedham east easterly erected extended feet Ferry followed franchise gate Glocester granted Hampshire Turnpike Hartford Hill History horse Housatonic River hundred laid land later layout legislature Massachusetts Turnpike Medford miles Mill Mountain Norfolk North northerly Norwich old road old turnpike operation Pawtucket petition pike Plank Road portion Providence railroad rates of toll repairs Rhode Island River Turnpike road was built rods route Salem seems session southerly stage straight Taunton Tavern thence thousand dollars tion to-day toll bridge toll road tollgate town Turnpike Company Turnpike Corporation Turnpike Road Vermont village wagons Washington West West Boston Bridge westerly Westfield River Worcester York
Page 39 - A great portion of the way was over what is called a corduroy road, which is made by throwing trunks of trees into a marsh, and leaving them to settle there. The very slightest of the jolts with which the ponderous carriage fell from log to log, was enough, it m seemed, to have dislocated all the bones in the human body.
Page 47 - The vehicle was a long car with four benches. Three of these in the interior held nine passengers, and a tenth passenger was seated by the side of the driver on the front bench. A light roof was supported by eight slender pillars, four on each side. Three large leather curtains suspended to the roof, one at each side and the third behind, were rolled up or lowered at the pleasure of the passengers. There was no place nor space for luggage, each person being expected to stow his things as he could...
Page 50 - Pease by name, which at that day was considered a method of transportation of wonderful expedition. The journey to New York took up a week. The carriages were old and shackling, and much of the harness made of ropes.
Page 50 - ... two. Then, whether it snowed or rained, the traveller must rise and make ready by the help of a horn lantern and a farthing candle, and proceed on his way over bad roads, — sometimes...
Page 47 - There was no space nor place for luggage, each person being expected to stow his things as he could under his seat or legs. The entrance was in front, over the driver's bench. Of course the three passengers on the back seat were obliged to crawl across all the other benches to get to their places. There were no backs to the benches to support and relieve us during a rough and fatiguing journey over a newly and ill-made road.
Page 26 - The charge for hauling a cord of wood twenty miles was three dollars. For hauling a barrel of flour one hundred and fifty miles it was five dollars. Either of these charges was sufficient to double the price of the article and set a practical limit to its conveyance. Salt, which cost one cent a pound at the shore, would sometimes cost six cents a pound three hundred miles inland, the difference representing the bare cost of transportation.
Page 50 - The carriages were old, and the shackling and much of the harness made of ropes. One pair of horses carried us eighteen miles. We generally reached our resting place for the night, if no accident intervened, at ten o'clock and, after a frugal supper, went to bed, with a notice that we should be called at three...
Page 50 - Thus we travelled, eighteen miles a stage, sometimes obliged to get out and help the coachman lift the coach out of a quagmire or rut, and arrived at New York after a week's hard travelling, wondering at the ease as well as expedition with which our journey was effected.
Page 16 - Stone bridges have been erected across all the intervening streams. That across the river Conestogo, consisting of nine arches, is private property, and the most expensive built by the company is that across the Brandywine, consisting of three arches of solid masonry, and which cost $12,000.