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Where does the word "turnpike" come from?

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Where does the word “turnpike” come from?


Early American roads were often privately owned and maintained. To travel on them, you had to pay a toll at the tollhouse, after which you were allowed to pass through the turnstile — a pike (or pole) on an axle similar to those in modern subway stations. The amount you paid could vary, depending on the type of wagon or carriage you had, the animals drawing it, and so on.