Subscribe Mothers Day

Wylie historian documents first toll road in state

by | Jun 12, 2019 | Latest

Amateur historian Gary Taylor of Wylie does not have to travel far to pursue his passion as he documents a ghost town, the first toll road in Texas and an old cemetery that are all located, almost literally, in his front yard.

Taylor lives just outside the eastern city limits of Wylie and has spent the last few years documenting the ghost town of Eureka and its surroundings. Last year he published a reference book on the area that is available in Smith Public Library and school libraries.

He is in the process of seeking a Texas Historical Marker for Lee’s Toll Road, a 2-mile improved road that traversed bottomlands and the East Fork of the Trinity River. The road included 18 bridges and was topped with crushed rock.

For the full story, see the June 12 issue or subscribe online.

By Joe Reavis • [email protected]

Subscribe RH Love

0 Comments

Order photos

Related News

Homeless count down in Collin, Dallas Counties

Homeless count down in Collin, Dallas Counties

Housing Forward and the All Neighbors Coalition announced the third consecutive year of reductions in homelessness in Dallas and Collin counties, including the lowest total number of people experiencing homelessness in nearly a decade.  Announced at the State of...

read more
Fake school threats have real consequences

Fake school threats have real consequences

Wylie ISD Safety and Security staff ask that parents start having true conversations with their kids about the dangers of making threats. Wylie ISD parents and students should know that there are no fake school threats according to Texas law, or the school district....

read more
Collin County values continue to rise

Collin County values continue to rise

Collin County property values once again show an increase, according to figures released by Collin Central Appraisal District (CCAD).  The CCAD mailed the 2024 real property appraisal notices to property owners on April 15. Business personal property mailings...

read more
Bois d’ Arc lake beckons

Bois d’ Arc lake beckons

After 20 years of planning and four years of construction, Texas’ first major reservoir to be built in more than three decades glistens in the sun as a recreational beacon.  The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), based in Wylie, owns and operates Bois...

read more
One Year Later

One Year Later

Groundbreaking held for Mendoza Legacy Park Cox Elementary Principal Krista Wilson addresses students and community members Monday, May 6, at the groundbreaking of Mendoza Legacy Park honoring the two sisters killed in the mass shooting May 6, 2023 in Allen. On the...

read more
Incumbents reelected to city council

Incumbents reelected to city council

Unofficial results are in with 100% of Collin, Dallas and Rockwall County precincts reporting for the May 4 general election. In a 2-way contest for Place 2 on Wylie City Council, incumbent Dave Strang won with 1,610 votes to defeat Ahmed Abdelghani who received 803...

read more
Annual events benefit local charities

Annual events benefit local charities

The 20th annual Wylie Pedal Car Race 500 will happen at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, with more than 200 children expected to participate. Community members inside and outside the city limits of Wylie will gather next week to participate in special events supporting small...

read more
‘For Sale’ sign may end three-year fight

‘For Sale’ sign may end three-year fight

A “For Sale” sign across from Southfork Ranch could end a three-year fight to protect Maxwell Creek. File Art Maxwell Creek appears safe from sewage following two significant developments in the three-year saga involving plans for a densely packed subdivision between...

read more
Order photos