In force Ma.[March] 1, 1841.
An ACT to establish a turnpike road from Springfield, via Beardstown, to Quincy, and from Beardstown to Warsaw.
Com’rs[Commissioners] to locate western division
Points on road
Extension of road
Sec.[Section] 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That with a view of constructing a permanent turnpike road from east to west through the State, via Springfield, and connecting with the National Road at Marshall, the following named persons are hereby appointed commissioners to locate the western division of said road from Springfield to Quincy, viz: John Broadwell, of Sangamon county, Archibald Job and Joshua P. Crow, of Cass county, shall view, survey and locate the same from Springfield to Beardstown, on the Illinois river, in said county of Cass; Samuel A. Clift, of Schuyler county, George Harper, of Brown county, and Jacob Smith, of Adams county, shall view, survey and locate said road from Beardstown to Quincy, on the Mississippi, in said county of Adams, making the following points between Beardstown and Quincy, viz: Mount Sterling, in Brown county, and Columbus, in Adams county; which is to be considered as an extension of the turnpike road from Darwin, on the Wabash river, via Marshall and Charleston, to Springfield.
Com’rs to locate from Beardstown to Warsaw
Sec. 2. That Josiah Parrott and Abraham Yolls, of Schuyler county, and Valentine Wilson, of Hancock county, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners to view, survey and locate a turnpike road diverging from the road named in the first section of this act, commencing at Beardstown, thence to Rushville, in Schuyler county, thence to Carthage, in Hancock county, and from thence to Warsaw, on the Mississippi river, in said last named county.
Place of meeting
To be sworn
Route of road
Report of com’rs
Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the commissioners named east of the Illinois river, to meet at Springfield, and those west of said river to convene at Beardstown; a majority of each set may act at any time after the passage of this act and before the last of April next, and previous to the enter
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ing upon the discharge of their duties shall be sworn before some judge or justice of the peace of the State, that they will to the best of their judgment, without favor or partiality, view, survey and locate the road (or the part thereof as the case may be) intrusted to their care, with a view to its permanency and the public good, making the same as direct from point to point given, as the ground and circumstances will permit; which oath shall be in writing, subscribed by the commissioners and the judge or justice of the peace, and which shall be annexed to the report returned to Springfield.
Width of road
Corner and mile posts
Sec. 4. The width of said road shall be eighty feet on the centre or true line, and at suitable distances on the margin or exterior lines, stakes of durable timber shall be well driven in the ground, planting at each angle a stone, (if stone cannot be had, a stake of durable timber,) to preserve the same. At the termination of each mile, a post of durable timber, painted, with letters and figures, giving the distances in miles from Springfield.
Plat where filed
Additional reports
Sec. 5. Said commissioners shall make a report (each set respectively,) with a plat giving the courses, distances, streams, and notable places, and return the same to the internal improvement office at Springfield, or the office in which the records and vouchers relating to the system of internal improvements shall be deposited, which shall be filed and preserved. They shall also make a similar report and plat to the several county commissioners' courts of the counties through which the same may pass, to be recorded and filed in said courts.
Road to be opened and improved
Sec. 6. The county commissioners’ courts of the several counties, on receiving a report and plat of said road, shall cause the same to be opened and improved by the district labor, and shall appropriate funds from the county treasury when the finances of the county or counties will admit of the same.
Pay of com’rs
Expenses divided between counties.
Sec. 7. The compensation for locating and reporting said road shall be as follows, viz: Commissioners one dollar and fifty cents, surveyors two dollars, chain and axe-men seventy-five cents per day for each and every day necessarily employed in attending to the duties herein required. The whole bill of expenses shall be made out and certified by each set of commissioners, on the road from Springfield to Beardstown. The amount shall be equally divided between the counties of Sangamon and Cass. The expense of the road from Beardstown to Quincy shall be paid, viz: one-fourth by Schuyler county, one-fourth by Brown county, and the balance by Adams county. On the road from Beardstown to Warsaw, the expenses shall be equally divided between Schuyler and Hancock counties; which sums so due, shall be paid on the order of the county commissioners' courts respectively, out of the county treasuries.
Approved, March 1, 1841.
1On February 5, 1841, William B. Archer introduced HB 203 in the House of Representatives, and the House passed the bill on February 17. On February 26, the Senate passed the bill. On February 27, the Council of Revision approved the bill and the act became law.
Illinois House Journal. 1840. 12th G. A., 333, 340, 371, 419, 527; Illinois Senate Journal. 1840. 12th G. A., 330-331, 403, 411.

Printed Document, 2 page(s), Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Twelfth General Assembly (Springfield, IL: William Walters, 1841), 356-57, GA Session 12-2,