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Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ese was over the water works conduit, See register, Vol. XX, p. 1. and beside it was a turnstile of two-inch plank. On a pleasant Sunday afternoon the writer made his first visit to the Mystic dam, in company with several gentlemen, one of whom, rather portly, found it a close squeeze, as he said, to get through. But the real turnpike did not pass away when the toll or turnpike roads became free. It continues in use, very much in evidence, today. The first railroad chartered in Massachusetts had provision for toll-gates at intervals, evidently with the thought that private individuals might operate their own cars on its railed roadbed. It erected gates at its only grade crossing in Medford, at High street, and its station or depot there was known as Medford Gates. These were for public protection, See register, Vol. VIII, p. 86, Vol. XVII, p. 88. and not toll-gates. Instead of a number of tollgath-erers along the line, there is but one, and he accompanies the train,
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 3
Turnpikes Past and present. In a press notice of Turnpikes of New England, its writer quotes rare Ben Johnson as saying: I turn up my axle like a turnpike. Having in his boyhood journeyed over the Medford turnpike and been held up thereon, not by highwaymen but by toll-gatherer, until the requisite coin was produced, the present writer can claim a slight acquaintance. But as rare Ben Johnson lived and flourished in the sixteenth century, there is no one in Medford who knew him personally, or saw him turn up his axle. Ask any of the older people in Medford what was or is a turnpike and the reply will be, Why, it was Mystic avenue; or, It is a road on which a toll is paid for the privilege of traveling thereon. But how did Ben Johnson turn up his axle (whatever that was) to make it resemble Mystic avenue or any other toll road? Upon consulting the dictionary, a great help in trouble, we find its definition of turnpike to be: Ordinary Language. (1.) A frame, co
Vertumnus (search for this): chapter 3
Further search in our Public Library (by the ready courtesy of one of the staff) shows that Ben Johnson didn't turn up his axle. Rather, he dug into ancient mythology, and made one of his characters (Picklock by name) to say: Tut, I am Vertumnus. On every change, or chance, upon occasion a true chamelion; I can colour for it, I move upon my axle like a turnpike, Fit my face to the parties, and become straight one of them. Neither did the said (aptly named) Vertumnus turn up Vertumnus turn up his axle, or turn up on it, but moved (or turned) upon it. He was a sort of all things to all men and everything to everybody. It is evident that rare Ben Johnson was misquoted in the recent press notice, otherwise an excellent one. The Medford Turnpike Corporation (like all others) by its charter was authorized to set up and maintain a turnpike gate or gates. Old residents cannot remember any such as above described, and there is nothing in the Act that speaks of toll on pedestrians. The
Ben Johnson (search for this): chapter 3
In a press notice of Turnpikes of New England, its writer quotes rare Ben Johnson as saying: I turn up my axle like a turnpike. Having in his boyhood s produced, the present writer can claim a slight acquaintance. But as rare Ben Johnson lived and flourished in the sixteenth century, there is no one in Medford whon which a toll is paid for the privilege of traveling thereon. But how did Ben Johnson turn up his axle (whatever that was) to make it resemble Mystic avenue or anThis was supported by a quotation: I move upon my axle like a turnpike. Ben Johnson, Staple of News, III Further search in our Public Library (by the ready courtesy of one of the staff) shows that Ben Johnson didn't turn up his axle. Rather, he dug into ancient mythology, and made one of his characters (Picklock by nam all things to all men and everything to everybody. It is evident that rare Ben Johnson was misquoted in the recent press notice, otherwise an excellent one. The
Medford Gates (search for this): chapter 3
lose squeeze, as he said, to get through. But the real turnpike did not pass away when the toll or turnpike roads became free. It continues in use, very much in evidence, today. The first railroad chartered in Massachusetts had provision for toll-gates at intervals, evidently with the thought that private individuals might operate their own cars on its railed roadbed. It erected gates at its only grade crossing in Medford, at High street, and its station or depot there was known as Medford Gates. These were for public protection, See register, Vol. VIII, p. 86, Vol. XVII, p. 88. and not toll-gates. Instead of a number of tollgath-erers along the line, there is but one, and he accompanies the train, comes around at intervals and collects our toll. He is called by the pleasanter sounding name of conductor, but we pay the toll just the same. The railway terminals have sliding pike gates, through which patrons pass easily, but have been on some occasions obliged to show tic
rians. They tell of the toll-gate as a bar or pole, hung at one end and swinging horizontally across the road. Other roads were barred by a pole raised to a vertical position while teams passed by. Out of this latter form has been evolved (since 1870), the universally adopted gate now in use at railway grade crossings. Referring to our dictionary definition, some may ask the difference between turnpike and turnstile: A pike was a weapon of ancient time, cruder and blunter than a spear, yet s were left square, or rounded somewhat, and such arrangement came to be known as a turn-stile. Doubtless there were others of this latter in Medford, but the only one the present writer recalls was on High street, at present Kilgore avenue, in 1870 and later. The city of Charlestown had an easement right, through the Brooks estate to its dam at the partings of Medford pond. At that time there was a wall of Medford granite the entire distance from the railroad to Wear bridge, only broken by