Smith's Flat Toll Road Manuscript Receipt

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Smith's Flat Toll Road Manuscript Receipt
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Received from WN Harvey $200 on account collected on the Smith's Flat Toll Road. Signed by JL Perkins for GW Swan. March 1, 1864. Harvey must have been the toll keeper for this road and this is the money made (minus his salary?) in February of 1864. Smith's Flat was in El Dorado County about 2.5 miles east of Placerville. The Toll House and Hook & Ladder Mine was perhaps the most famous near this toll road. Smiths Flat Road still exists and can easily be driven. It lies between Apple Hill and Placerville and is a stone's throw from Highway 50 - the main road between Placerville and the Comstock. 1864 was the height of silver mining on the Comstock and more than one prospector and wagon full of ore must have travelled through here that month. Swan ran more than one toll road in this area. His toll road in Strawberry Flat made him ten of thousands a year. (See Swans Toll Road in this auction.) (Potter Collection)

Date: 1864 Location: Smith's Flat, California HWAC# 56070