LOCAL HISTORY PROJECT

Tollhouse Series 4
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This is a picture of the Tollhouse Cafe on the right. Located on this spot behind the oak tree in the middle of the picture was the Tollhouse bar. The cafe sits where the old livery barn and stables were located. The cafe closed as a eating place in 1996 and has become the office for a private business.

circa: 1992

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This picture was taken looking west through Tollhouse. The livery barn is on the left with the hotel behind it. Easily visible is the oak tree in front of the hotel. The blacksmith shop is on the right with the store behind it. The scratches are from mistreatment of the picture. The picture is probably taken from the steps of the bar.

circa: 1890

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A ground level view looking west through Tollhouse. The picture is taken next to the livery barn with the hotel on the left and a house visible in the background. The store appears on the right. Note the dirt street, Tollhouse's roads were not paved until the 1940's.

circa: 1890

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This picture looks east through Tollhouse. Big Dry Creek splits the picture with the town section to the right of the creek and the Yancey house buildings on the left. Tollhouse Grade is visible on the mountain in the background. It is mostly visible in the draw in the middle and on the hill top right. It appears as a white strip or slash.

circa: 1895

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This is a picture of the Yancey family posed in front of the Tollhouse Hotel. Abe Yancey is seated on the far right and his wife Frances (Baley) Yancey is seated holding the baby. I think the couple standing on the right is Virginia Mills and her husband. After Mrs. Yancey's first husband, August Block, died she married Abe Yancey and Frances had two children. Her son, Max Yancey, is standing on the left with his wife. I think the children are Millses, with exception of the baby, Georgia Yancey.

circa: 1904

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This is the Yancey family and others on the porch of the hotel. Standing on the left is Max Yancey. To his right are the Chinese cook and his father, Abe Yancey, seated. I think the man with great mustache on the right is Mr. Mills, Max's brother in law. The other people are unidentified. Tollhouse was started and mostly owned by Abe and Frances Yancey and has remained in the family until today. The hotel was a dust covered white in color. Note the horseshoe over the door.
circa: 1910

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This picture is of the Tollhouse Hotel. The hotel was necessary in Tollhouse's first century because of the large number of people spending the night there. It was the overnight stop for the stagecoaches and the overnight place for cattlemen and sheepmen who were driving their stock to the high country. Many teamsters had to also spend the night there. In the late 1940's transportation had advanced to the point that the hotel was unneeded and it was torn down.
circa: 1920

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The Tollhouse Hotel had a smoking room where, traditionally, only men were allowed. It had a large kitchen and regularly served meals. Several rooms were available to those in need. The hotel was not a five star facility but it was functional and useful. It was owned by the Yancey family and was run at various times by Yancey relatives, the Mills and Dean families.

circa: 1922

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The hotel stood on a ledge with steps down to the street level. The ledge it stood on is still visible in Tollhouse. It had a white picket fence and was graced by a large water oak in front.

circa: 1922

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This is the oak tree in front of the Tollhouse Hotel viewed from the hotel porch. Note that the tree is filled with direction signs; Clovis, Shaver, Pine Ridge, etc. The pile of posts across the street marks where the third Tollhouse Store is located today. The tree died and was cut down in the 1950's. There is either a card game or storytelling going on with the men in the street.

circa: 1990

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