Jan 09 2019

Surveyor Clinton Robertson Photo Album: The Jericho Toll Lodge (Kiosk) in Mineola

In the seventh of the photo series from surveyor Clinton A. Robertson's recently discovered Motor Parkway construction album, the Jericho Turnpike Lodge in Mineola is featured.

Built in 1909, the Jericho Turnpike Lodge was actually a ticket kiosk without living quarters for the toll-takers.The kiosk was in use from 1909 to 1922. It was taken down after the larger Mineola Lodge was opened in 1922.

Clinton A. Robertson's Long Island Motor Parkway Construction Photo Album 
 While working as a surveyor on the Long Island Motor Parkway in 1908 and 1909, Clinton A. Robertson (above) documented the Motor Parkway construction  and his fellow workers with his trusty camera. Lost for 109 years, Robertson's photo scrapbook with 84 amazing images of the Motor Parkway was recently purchased for $20 in a New Jersey flea market and resold on Ebay for over $3,000.

Howard Kroplick

This photo indicates that the kiosk was nearing completion in October 1909.

The adjacent sign indicated this section opened on October 30, 1909 right after the completion of the Vanderbilt Cup Race.

The date is confirmed by this poster on the 1909 press box: "Extension  of PARKWAY (?)  Jericho Turnpike Open for Traffic After the Race"

"East View of Toll Gate". Was the photographer looking east or standing in the east looking west?

The relation of these three men to the Motor Parkway is unknown.



"West View of Toll Gate at Jericho Turnpike."

Other Views of the Jericho Turnpike Lodge

View looking north to the Jericho Turnpike Motor Parkway Bridge.

Today: Location of the Jericho Turnpike Toll Lodge


Jan 10 2019 Brian D McCarthy 6:07 PM

“East View of Toll Gate” image was taken from southeast to northwest, I think. The 3 are pictured in the shadow cast by the afternoon sun. The youngest looking one nicknamed “Chief” couldn’t possibly be in charge of the older 2 ( unless he’s an unknown Vanderbilt ). “Van” is short for the name Vance. Maybe Al’s book has names of Kiosk collectors?

Jan 11 2019 frank femenias 10:17 PM

I agree with Brian, photographer standing on southeast side of kiosk looking northwest. Photographer and Chief both standing on the entrance ramp not yet paved, as seen in the opposite West view photo. Doorway faces the entrance ramp. Horses standing on Jericho Tpke, it’s about 2pm, and in the distance over the Chief’s left shoulder could be the Hillside Ave parkway bridge. Great photos!

Jan 13 2019 Joe Oesterle 4:02 PM

Ok.  Please help.  I am confused.  Some pictures are of a square building, and others of a building that has either 5or 6 sides?  Are there really the same place?

Jan 13 2019 Fred J Rieder 4:22 PM

I loved the photos of the LIMP going under Jericho Tpk.  When I was about 6, my family moved into a brand new home on Cromwell Road in Carle Place, just East of the abandoned LIMP, I think about 1953.  I quickly discovered the underpass to the North side of Jericho.  I was told NEVER to cross the Turnpike.  But one day a neighbor saw me on the other side and told my parents.  I told them that “I didn’t cross it, I went under it.”  I came clean and told them about my secret “tunnel”.  Bad move, then I was banned from the “tunnel”.

When I was a little older, I made another discovery.  The abandoned LIMP bridge over the LIRR.  I would watch the last of the steam locomotives as they flew underneath me.  I distinctly remember the smell of the coal smoke blasting all around me from under the bridge.  The steam engines were all retired in 1955.

Great memories…......Thank you so much.  Fred

Jan 15 2019 frank femenias 10:06 AM

Joe - I believe the 1909 installation of the first Mineola kiosk (top photo) was once located on today’s center median of expanded Jericho Tpke (last photo), right besides the red car passing.
The second installation was moved 50ft south in 1921.


The square building across the tpke was a transmission repair shop but previously owned by a classic car collector. Check out Walt Gosden’s comment below in this link.


Fred - I enjoyed reading about your tunnel experience. I would’ve done the same. Seems the tunnel was a favorite spot for many. I wonder if you knew this kid with photo taken back in 1960?


Jan 15 2019 Brian D McCarthy 4:44 PM

Joe O.-  After looking at both images again, I agree there not the same buildings. The ‘West View of Toll Gate’ image is 4 sided, more of a rectangle than a square. Mr. Robertson snapped the photo from the NW to the SE ( late afternoon sun beaming on the west side of the kiosk ). The ‘East View of Toll Gate’ should be a hexagon ( 6 sided ). This image was taken from the SE to the NW, and the sun beaming on the west. Don’t think my eyes are being fooling me.

Fred-  It’s always to neat to read thru memories of you and others. Thanks

Jan 15 2019 frank femenias 9:20 PM

Gentlemen, the kiosk does look four-sided. I’m thinking a misleading, bad angle photo not capturing all the sides. Everything else seems in place (the matching chimney stack and trim around the windows, matching roof tiles, the road sign to the west also visible in photo with car parked on ramp, the ‘09 date). I thought perhaps Harned Road at Jericho Tpke had a booth as well but that didn’t happen until 1928.

Jan 17 2019 Fred J Rieder 9:34 PM

Somehow I inadvertently indicated that I was not interested in receiving comments regarding this subject.  It was a mistake as that was not my intention.  I surely would like to receive any follow up comments.  Thank you, Fred.

Jan 19 2019 Fred J Rieder 2:22 PM

I don’t recognize the boy in the photo, but it is after all 59 years ago.  Wow!  The bicycle with the mudflaps could very well be mine.  I almost always had them on my bikes.  Although there is no way to prove it, can’t we just say that it’s mine?  Well, I’m going to anyway.

Jan 19 2019 Brian D McCarthy 9:10 PM

Analysis-  There’s 3 bikes, and the boy is swiftly following the other 2. No harm in saying your 1 of the 2 that’s ahead, Fred. Anyone notice the man & woman on the left above on Jericho Tpke, next to the railing? Possibly their parents letting them play down there, but NO tunnel travels what so ever.

Jan 22 2019 Fred J Rieder 4:50 PM

Oh yeah,  Now I remember, your’e right.  I’m just to the left out of the photo.  Too bad.  But at least my bike has been made famous.  I don’t know who those people are   Fred

Jan 23 2019 frank femenias 9:39 AM

Brian - Eagle eyed Brian, great catch! Never noticed those two above before.

Fred -  You’ve just opened a fresh can of worms! If you’re just off this photo, I’m now wondering its origin. Could it have been yours at some point? Do you recall the boy as a childhood friend? Who was the photographer? (likely a grown up supervising the kids) I’m going to try and enhance the photo for clarity and details. I don’t know how to add color to identify the bikes but that would be a big plus.

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