Atkinson Brothers Toll House
1870 - 1990's
Mussey Grade Road, Ramona, California
Only the foundation is currently left from the toll house which was
first named Big Oak Valley and which was one of the first homes built
with milled lumber. The Atkinson brothers built this toll house where
a fee could be paid to use the toll road, a route which shortened the
trip between San Diego and Julian by several miles. The toll house had
one large room where a restaurant of sorts was open to travelers. The
toll house was sold to San Diego County for seventeen hundred dollars
in 1874. In the 1920's, the toll house had a self serve fruit and
vegetable stand. The toll house was taken down in the 1990's, but its
presence remains in its foundation, trees and surrounding landscape.
This photo shows the location of the toll house foundation today.
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