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Receipts for tolls . 7" x 8 1/2". Recorded are date, name of teamster, kind of vehicle, number of animals, and tolls. Sign by F. Walter White toll-keeper. On back is imprinted "W.L. & B. Toll Road Co. Toll Receipts for week ending Oct 7, 1897". During Bodie’s early years, most of the camp's mail traveled by rail to Carson City, then by stagecoach or express wagon by way of Aurora. (The road that serves as Bodie’s Main Street was completed in 1864 as a summertime mail route from Sonora to Aurora and just happened to pass through the fledgling mining camp of Bodie.) Aurora remained the region's transportation hub even after Bodie’s 1878-79 boom. Not until 1881 was Aurora bypassed by a new wagon road called the Walker Lake & Bodie Toll Road, which passed through Del Monte Canyon to reach the town of Hawthorne, a locomotive refueling and repair stop on the new Carson & Colorado railroad.

Original fold lines, two small repaired edge tears, overall VG condition. . ca517  $125.


SKU: ca517
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