National Geographic : 1917 Nov
Photograph by Baltimore &Ohio Railroad Company A RELIC OF ROBBER BARON PRACTICES IN THE FEUDALDAYS Hundreds of years ago brigand knights installed themselves in castles which commanded the highways ofcommerce. From these strongholds they kept a watchful eye upon all traffic, and from each traveler, be he merchant, priest, or soldier, there was exacted aheavy toll for the 'privilege" of passing in the shadow of these castles. On their misnamed "public highways" a few ofour States arefollowing theexample of the robber barons, exacting a toll from every person passing over their thoroughfares. This toll-gate isnear Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.