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Ruins of the old Toll Road - Toll House The site of the old town of Aurora is about 18 miles East of here and much higher in elevation than even the town of Bodie which is two miles to the West of the old Toll House: When the Esmeralda Mining District was discovered and created, the men who went into the high elevations northeast of Mono Lake and the mining camp of Monoville went there by horseback or on foot. No roads had yet been established into the area, but when the rush to the new “Eldorado” at Esmeralda began, building roads to there became a necessity. With so little timber wood in the vicinity of the two towns, Esmeralda and Aurora that emerged in the new district, lumber from the sawmills near the Big Meadows (later called Bridgeport) needed to be brought in to build homes, businesses and for use in mines and mills. This need was filled by the construction of a road between Aurora and Big Meadows. Garrison & Co.’s Toll Road. In February of 1861, Isaac Garrison and A. J. Severe applied to the Carson County Court in Utah Territory for a charter to build and operate a toll road “from the Town of Aurora in the Esmeralda Mining District, to the bank of the East Walker River.” Their petition was approved. When California carved out the new County of Mono in response to the opening of the new mining territory east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the State appointed the first Board of Supervisors at the county seat of Aurora. Because Aurora was being claimed as California turf, those who had their road franchises approved by Utah Territory found it necessary to apply to the new county board. This “Messrs. Garrison & Co.” did in August of 1861 at which time the Supervisors appointed Commissioners to “lay out and locate a toll-Road from Aurora to Big Meadows.” Garrison & Co. were also required to incorporate in accordance with the laws of California. The road was later referred to as “I. Garrison & Co.’s toll road” in a published notice in the Esmeralda Star newspaper of July 5, 1862.

We walked past that also and was wondering the same thing. It does look like a grave.

Piękne zdjęcie i widok.Wspaniały most!!!LIKE.Pozdrawiam.Janusz

A pistol!The United States!

Tough neighborhood. Don't run out of gas!

Nice shot of the moat at Fort Monroe. Thanks Bill


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I stayed in a trailer on this property in 1973 with a friend. We were passing through and Clinton and Stella asked if we wanted to stay the night since it was getting dark. Nice people. Fed us canned bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast before we left. I believe he died not too long after that. drove an old army truck with a flat head engine and had an old wind vane with an alternator to generate electricity. hadn't seen that before.

S.O.S. !!!!! Google wants to kill Panoramio!!! If not already done, please SIGN THE PETITION to save Panoramio and send this link to everybody.

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