In force Jan.[January] 7, 1835.
Rates of toll.
Sec.[Section] 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That Samuel Musick, his heirs and assigns, be, and they are hereby authorized to erect a toll bridge across Salt creek in Sangamon county, at or near the place where the said Musick is now authorized to keep a ferry.1 At either end of said bridge, the said Musick, his heirs and assigns, are hereby authorized to place a toll gate, where he or they may ask and demand of all and every person passing, the rates of toll which may from time to time be fixed by the county commissioners’ court of the county of Sangamon.
When to commence the building of the same.
Sec. 2. The said Samuel Musick, his heirs and assigns, shall commence the building of said bridge within nine months, and have it so far completed within eighteen months from and after the passage of this act, as to admit the safe passing of persons, wagons, teams, cattle, &c.[etc.], over it.
Shall keep it in good repair.
When out of repair.
Sec. 3. The said Samuel Musick, his heirs and assigns, shall at all times, after the completion thereof, keep said bridge in good repair, and allow a speedy passage to all persons and their property over it, upon the receipt of the tolls, in such cases allowed, as herein provided; and if, at any time, the said bridge be left out of repair, so that the same be impassable for the space of twelve months at any time, the said bridge shall accrue and belong to the county of Sangamon: Provided, however, That the destruction of said bridge by fire, high water, or other casualty, shall not work a forfeiture of privileges hereby granted; but the said Samuel Musick, his heirs or assigns, shall proceed immediately to repair the same.
Prohibition from building bridges within one mile thereof for ten years.
Sec. 4. No person shall, within ten years thereafter, build a bridge, or establish a ferry across said creek within the distance of one mile above or below said bridge: Provided, the said Samuel Musick, his heirs or assigns, shall erect and keep up said bridge for that space of time as by this act authorized.
Sec. 5. Whenever the county commissioners of said county of Sangamon, shall deem it expedient to purchase said bridge, they shall have the right so to do, by paying the said Samuel Musick, his heirs or assigns, the original cost of said bridge, and for the purpose of enabling the county commissioners to make said purchase, it shall be the duty of said Samuel Musick, his heirs or assigns, to file with the clerk of the county commissioners’ court of said county, such vouchers as shall be deemed sufficient by the commissioners to ascertain the cost of said bridge.
Prohibited from obstructing ford.
Sec. 6. If the said Samuel Musick, his heirs or assigns, shall at any time obstruct the ford on said creek, at or near the said bridge, in any manner, he or they so offending, shall forfeit and pay the sum of one hundred dollars for every such offence; to be recovered by action of debt in any court having competent jurisdiction thereof; one half of which shall go to the use of the person informing, and the other to the use of the county.
County commissioners to levy a tax thereon.
Sec. 7. That the county commissioners of said county, shall have full power to levy a tax on said bridge, as is provided in “An act to provide for the establishment of ferries, toll bridges, and turnpike roads,” approved, February 12th, 1827.2
Approved, Jan. 7, 1835.
1In January 1831, the General Assembly passed a similar bill authorizing Musick to build a toll bridge at the site of his ferry if he could construct it within one year.
“An Act to authorize Samuel Musick to build a toll bridge over Salt Creek, in Sangamon County,” 7 January 1831, Laws of Illinois Passed at Seventh General Assembly (1831), 35-36.
2On December 20, 1834, the House of Representatives amended the bill by adding this section.
Illinois House Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 1st sess., 141.
Printed Document, 2 page(s),
Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Ninth General Assembly, at their First Session (Vandalia, IL:
J. Y. Sawyer, 1835), 84-85, GA Session: 9-1,