Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gravesend and Coney-Island Bridge and Road Co. - 1849

Gravesend and Coney-Island Bridge and Road Co.

NOTICE--An election for Five Directors of the above Company will be held at the house of James W. Cropsey, Coney Island, on SATURDAY, October 6th, at 3 o'clock, P.M. Gravesend, Sept. 11, 1849

s13 2awd&3tw SAM'L G. STRYKER, Sec'y

--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Friday, September 13, 1849 (and many days thereafter)

I never realized that contractions seem to be the acronyms of the 1840s. Which is weirder? Sam'l, or LOL?

From Laws of the State of New York (Chapter 276) it appears the company was actually incorporated in 1823, and there was this amendment April 10, 1850:

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows :

§1. The sixth section of the act entitled "An act to incorporate the Gravesend and Coney Island Bridge and Road Company," passed 22d March 1823, is hereby amended so as to read as follows: That as soon as said bridge, causeway and road shall be completed, the company hereby incorporated shall be entitled to receive as toll, at a gate to be erected on said bridge or road for every coach, coachee, phaeton, chariot, barouche, or curricle drawn by two horses, ten cents; for every one-horse pleasure wagon, carriage, chaise, gig, or sulkey, five cents; for every common wagon or other four-wheeled vehicle, not before mentioned in this act, five cents; for every horse and rider, three cents.

§2. This act shall take effect on the first day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifty.

--Laws of the State of New York

REPORTS.--By Mr. White a bill to amend the charter of the Gravesend and Coney Island Road and Bridge Co.....

--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Thursday, February 14, 1850

It appears this company built the toll road that led to Coney Island back when it was an island, in 1829! See Forgotten New York's tour of Shell Road.

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