History of Essex County, Massachusetts; With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men Volume 1

History of Essex County, Massachusetts; With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... made to this road by the towns of Danvers and Maiden, and by the Maiden Bridge corporation, who had, only nine years before, built their bridge over the Mystic River, a mile to the west of the proposed Chelsea Bridge. This turnpike was doomed to divert the great current of travel from the old Boston road, in Saugus, to a passage over its lonely salt marshes. But public utility triumphed over local interests, and the turnpike was built and opened for travel from Salem to Lynn, July 5, 1803, and on September 22, 1803, over the entire length to Chelsea. On September 22, 1807, the turnpike and bridges were declared to be fully finished. The traffic over the turnpike constantly increased up to 1838, when, in consequence of the opening of the Eastern Railroad, the stage travel ceased, other travel decreased, the tolls were reduced and the stock of the corporation fell to almost or quite forty dollars a share. This turnpike was made a public highway in 1868. The Newburyport Turnpike.--The charter for the construction of this turnpike was obtained in 1802. It was finished about 1805, and the cost was nearly $480,000. About four miles of this turnpike is in Saugus, passing through the town from north to south. At the time this road was built Salem and Newburyport were rival commercial towns. Salem was about building an air-line turnpike to Boston, and so Newburyport could do nothing less. It was made straight, regardless alike of settlements on either side, or of hills and swamps on the direct line. And although the shrewdest men of Newburyport were its projectors, yet it proved from its completion not only to be a ruinous investment, but a stupendous folly. Grass soon overgrew its road-bed. From 1840 to 1846 the tolls were discontinued, and the...
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  • Paperback | 1050 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 52mm | 1,833g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236861477
  • 9781236861474