Merritt Parkway Tollbooth, circa 1950

Summary

Scenic, park-like roadways for carriages, horses, and bicycles led to experiments with urban "parkways" for automobiles. But these roads, intended for pleasure driving, were soon dominated by suburban commuters. One such road was the Merritt Parkway, created in the 1930s to relieve traffic congestion on busy U.S. Route 1 between the New York state line and Milford, Connecticut.

Scenic, park-like roadways for carriages, horses, and bicycles led to experiments with urban "parkways" for automobiles. But these roads, intended for pleasure driving, were soon dominated by suburban commuters. One such road was the Merritt Parkway, created in the 1930s to relieve traffic congestion on busy U.S. Route 1 between the New York state line and Milford, Connecticut.

Artifact

Tollbooth

Date Made

circa 1950

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut 

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

88.238.1.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman, Inc.

Material

Wood (Plant Material)
Glass (Material)

Color

Green

Dimensions

Height: 9 ft

Width: 3.5 ft

Length: 8.3 ft

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