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Rough and Ready in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Rough and Ready Toll House

 
 
Rough and Ready Toll House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
1. Rough and Ready Toll House Marker
Inscription. Built it 1859 by Benoni Thompson to collect tolls for using the Gephardt Union Turnpike running 6 miles from Penn Valley to Grass Valley. The last remaining original toll house in the West. It served as a Wells Fargo Express office and stage stop, and was the secret rendezvous place of Joaquin Murietta and Lola Montez.
 
Erected 2009 by Wm. Bull Meek - Wm. Morris Stewart Chapter No. 10, E Clampus Vitus, Nevada City, Ca. (Marker Number 08-01.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 13.8′ N, 121° 8.177′ W. Marker is in Rough and Ready, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Rough and Ready Highway, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the front of the building near the entrance to the reconstructed pioneer town. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14365 Rough and Ready Highway, Rough and Ready CA 95975, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Toll Road Stake (a few steps from this marker); Rowe Saw Mill (a few steps from this marker); The China Wall (a few steps from this marker); Indian Grinding Rock
Rough and Ready Toll House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
2. Rough and Ready Toll House and Marker
The marker is mounted on the front of the building to the left of the window.
(a few steps from this marker); Fippin's Blacksmith Shop (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Republic of Rough and Ready (about 700 feet away); Rough and Ready (about 700 feet away); Lyman Gilmore, Jr. (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rough and Ready.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rough and Ready Toll House. The University of California, Davis has in their Library's Special Collection a postcard image of The Old Toll House. (Submitted on January 23, 2011.) 

2. Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber website details the history of the town and offers links to other historic buildings and sites with photos and additional information. (Submitted on January 23, 2011.) 

3. Bringing the West Alive. A The Union.com article detailing the little western town that has been built at the Toll House. (Submitted on January 23, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Sign at Entrance to the Western Town image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
3. Sign at Entrance to the Western Town
A pioneer western town has been built on the grounds of the Toll House. On display are buildings, artifacts, mining information and local history.
Toll Road Stake Stump image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
4. Toll Road Stake Stump
This stump, located in front of the building, holds the stake used to close off the passage to travelers from Grass Valley to Penn Valley until tolls had been paid.
Western Town image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
5. Western Town
An example of the buildings found at this little town.
The Slave Girl Tree Located at the Western Town image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
6. The Slave Girl Tree Located at the Western Town
This tree represents a famous tree which stood until 1962. The story of the tree can be read on the Chamber of Commerce "Also See" link above. A different story regarding the namesake of the tree can be found at this link.
Click for more information.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 675 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 23, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on January 20, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on January 23, 2011.   6. submitted on January 23, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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