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Seneca Turnpike

Onondaga Register, May 7, 1823
   The Seneca Turnpike Road Company declared on the 20th inst. a dividend of one dollar on a share, for the last six months, the usual semi-annual dividend; and also at the same time, a surplus dividend of one dollar on each share of said stock. Previous to the completion of the middle section of the Erie Canal, the proprietors of the road apprehended a great diminution in the value of their stock, by the effect the canal would have upon this road - which runs its whole length, 112 miles, parallel to the canal. 
  The experiment has proved to be very beneficial to the interest of the Road Company. The heavy teams with six to eight horses are now mostly removed from the road, in consequence of the reduced price of transportation, and the light travel increased by the natural increase of business, produced by the facility of intercourse with New York. The repairs of the road are much lessened by the absence of the heavily loaded wagons.

(Items pertaining to the Seneca Turnpike)

Cayuga Republican
December 25, 1822

     Is hereby given, that the President and Directors of the Seneca Road Company, intend making an application to the Legislature of the  State of New-York, at the next session thereof, for leave to abandon all that part of the north branch of their road, lying between Botsford's in the town of Brutus, County of Cayuga, and the village of Seneca-Falls, in the County of Seneca, being about 12 miles in extent - Dated December 10, 1822.                                                          D. SILL, President
                                                                                                                      J. Kirkland, Secretary of the
    (Law passed Feb. 24, 1823)                                                                   Seneca Road Company

Cayuga Republican
January 27, 1824

   The President and Directors of the Seneca Road Company, give notice, that they intend to apply to the Legislature, of the State of New York, at their next session, for the passage of a law authorizing them to connect a Turnpike Road, the north branch of their road with the south, commencing in the county of Cayuga, on their north branch, about twenty rods easterly from Botsford's, thence through Clarksville to Goodwin's Inn, on the south branch, following as near as may be, the line of the present highway between  Botsford's and Goodwin's.                                                                                    September 12, 1823.

PP 531-532, Assembly Journal, Friday, February 20, 1824:
   Mr. Hager, from the committee on the establishment and improvement of roads and bridges, to whom was referred the petition of the president and directors of the Seneca Road Company, together with a remonstrance, from the inhabitants of the county of Cayuga, reported:
  That the petitioners state, that by an act passed in the year 1800, they were authorized to lay out a turnpike road from the village of Utica, to the town of Canandaigua, in the county of Ontario, and in the year 1806, they were by an act, authorize to lay out a turnpike road, from the town of Sullivan, to Cayuga Bridge, through the Onondaga Reservation near the Onondaga Salt Springs. In the year 1808, they were authorized to abandon a part of the last mentioned route, and to lay a road from the house of Squire Munro, in the town of Camillus, o the bridge over the outlet of Cayuga Lake, and to intersect the first mentioned road, near the ninth gate of said road, in the town of Junius, near Seneca Falls; and by an act of the legislature of 1823, the petitioners were permitted to abandon that part of the latter road, which lay west of the Inn of Mr. Botsford, to where the said road intersected the first mentioned road at Seneca Falls; they further state that since the abandonment of the road from Botsford's to Seneca Falls there is no connection between the north and south branch of their road; the petitioners now ask to have an act passed, authorizing them to make a turnpike, connecting the south and north branch of their road, commencing a little east of Botsford's Inn, in the county of Cayuga, thence through Clarksville to Goodwin's Inn on the south branch. 
    The inhabitants of that section of the country, remonstrate against granting the prayer of the petitioner; they state that they have now have a god road where the petitioners propose to make their turnpike road, and that it would impose a heavy tax on the inhabitants, without any advantage whatever to the public. 
    The committee have had the subject of the petitioners,, and remonstrants under consideration, and some of the committee have some personal knowledge of that section of country, and are of the opinion, that the public interest would not be advanced by having a turnpike, where the petitioners propose to make theirs, and therefore recommend that the petitioners have leave to withdraw their petition.
    Resolved, That this house do agree with the committee in their said report.
    Resolved, That the petitioners have leave to withdraw their said petition.

Utica Daily Press
December 2, 1897

             The Old Seneca Turnpike

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