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Sheep caused a serious water contamination problem in early Tollhouse. A drover started up the grade late one morning on a very hot day in July 1877. About a third of the way up the mountain, his sheep got overheated, laid down and died. The story is, that a couple of thousand sheep died and their carcasses were kicked off the road over the bank. They rotted and the fall rains carried contamination into the surface wells of Tollhouse, causing much sickness. The old and the young died.