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Vol. 17  No. 21 Final Edition
Clovis Free Press
Friday, Octonber 27, 2000
   Historic Tollhouse Road
Last Clovis Remnant Bites The Dust !
By Thomas Hobbs, Executive Editor

 "Bye-Bye!"  CLOVIS -- A famous Clovis byway from the 1800's has just been reduced by another 400 feet. Most passersby will only notice the freshly plowed field now left in its place.
    The City Council initiated work on the adjoining land which is to be used for expanded Clovis Fire and Police services. The Tollhouse realignment is a loss to local history, however. Oldtimers remember its significance. It originated at the Kearney Ranch, South West of Fresno.
    Following northeast between the course of Big Dry Creek and the banks of Dog Creek it led all the way to the settlement of Academy. From there travelers could make their way to the High Sierra for work at Tollhouse, Big Creek and the Strawberry Tungsten Mine.
    The township of Clovis was midway between Kearney Ranch and Academy. A store was opened in Clovis to accommodate travelers in the late 1880's. Early Clovis area pioneers in my family came here in 1888. Cousin Thomas Creighton settled here that year and purchased 2,410 acres of prairie land North of today's Old Town .
    Soon the old Garfield School was erected on his land. He made many trips both East and West on this famous old wagon road. Too bad we are loosing our historic trail markers at this critical point in reshaping our Clovis future.

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