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The meaning of the word or term "TURN PIKE"
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:07:21 PM »

Exactly what is the meaning of the word or term known as a TURN PIKE to identify a major highway or road, dead end, alternate route, etc.?

Where did this term originate from?

Was this term the predecessor to the term that is so widely used today known as a  "Toll Road"?

TURN PIKE.....are you actually turning onto another highway or road or another route toward your destination?

Does term TURN PIKE also consist of paying at a "toll both" before actually entering and using the road, highway or route?

This term is mostly used in the upper North Eastern Coast regions of the U.S.A. and really no other place else in the country.
But I just might be mistaken so if there are any other places where this term is used such as in the West Coast, Southern states, Great Northwestern parts region, etc. post about it.



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Re: The meaning of the word or term "TURN PIKE"
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2017, 02:34:46 PM »

As I recall, the term originated in the horse-and-buggy days.  When one wanted to use a private ROW, the owner stationed a horizontal bar (called a "pike") across the road at the toll booth.  Once the toll was paid, the pike would be turned (or raised) to let the horse-drawn vehicles through.
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Re: The meaning of the word or term "TURN PIKE"
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 03:00:37 PM »

From Dictionary.com

Word Origin and History for turn-pike Expand


early 15c., "spiked road barrier used for defense," from turn + pike (n.2) "shaft." Sense transferred to "horizontal cross of timber, turning on a vertical pin" (1540s), which were used to bar horses from foot roads. This led to the sense of "barrier to stop passage until a toll is paid" (1670s). Meaning "road with a toll gate" is from 1748, shortening of turnpike road (1745).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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