09 July 2012

America's First Turnpike

From the book, Stagecoach And Tavern Days:

"The first American turnpike was not in Pennsylvania, as is usually stated, but in Virginia. It connected Alexandria (then supposed to be the rising metropolis) with “Sniggers [Snicker's] and Vesta’s [Vestal] Gaps”—that is, the lower Shenandoah. This turnpike was started in 1785-86, and Thomas Jefferson pronounced it a success."

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