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Trafalgar and Brown County Gravel Road Company collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3490

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 3 items from the Trafalgar and Brown County Gravel Road Company: a stock shares receipt book (1879-1880), a stockholder's pass receipt book (1883-1885), and a check receipt book (1883-1885).


  • 1879-1885

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Toll roads in Indiana were authorized by acts approved by the Indiana General Assembly in May 1852 and February 1865. Following the passage of the latter act, gravel road companies were organized in Johnson County to construct and improve the highways. By 1870, most of the main roads in the county were under the control of these companies as toll roads. The Trafalgar and Brown County Gravel Road Company was established in June 1878 and was granted right of way by the county commissioners. The company's road was to extend about 4 3/4 miles south of Trafalgar to within about a mile of the Brown County line. The county’s toll road system worked well for several years, but by 1885, people wanted the roads to be maintained as a free gravel road system and the last of the county toll roads was abandoned in 1887.


Branigin, Elba L. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Indianapolis, IN: B.F. Bowen and Co., 1913.

[On Saturday June 1]. Edinburg Daily Courier (IN), June 22, 1878.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from J.E. Fraker on 1931/09/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/05 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/05 by Laura Eliason.
Trafalgar and Brown County Gravel Road Company collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.