1871: Wm. Burney; Thos. Burney; Toll Bridge, Limestone Co. TX.
An act to authorized William Burney and Thomas Burney to erect a toll bridge over Pin Oak creek, in the county of Limestone, Texas.
Section l. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That William Burney and Thomas Burney be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to build a toll bridge over Pin Oak creek in the county of Limestone, where the public road from Springfield to Waxahachie and Dallas crosses the same; and that they be authorized and empowered to charge, receive and collect toll for crossing on said bridge, at the following rates, to-wit:
For every footman, three cents; for every man and horse, ten cents; for every one-horse vehicle, twenty cents; for every two-horse vehicle, twenty-five cents; for every ox wagon and two yoke of oxen, thirty cents; for every ox wagon and four or six yoke of oxen, fifty cents; for every four or six-horse wagon, fifty cents; for every two horse wagon, twenty-five cents; for every loose horse, five cents; for cattle, sheep, goats and hogs, per head, one cent.
Sec. 2. That the right and privilege herein granted shall inure to the benefit of said William Burney and Thomas Burney, their heirs and assigns, for twenty years; provided, however, in order to secure the privileges conferred by this act, they shall, within twelve months from the passage thereof, erect and construct a good, safe and substantial bridge over the said Pin Oak creek, at the crossing aforesaid, and shall keep the same in good repair, and in the event of any accident or casualty destroying said bridge, the said William Burney and Thomas Burney shall re-construct the same within twelve months from the date of such accident or casualty, otherwise the franchise herein granted shall abate.
Sec. 3. That this act shall take effect and be in force from its passage.
The foregoing act, received in the office of Secretary of State, October sixteen, one thousand eight hundred and seventy one, having been presented to the Governor of Texas for his approval, and not having been returned by him to the House in which it originated within the time prescribed by the Constitution, has become a law without his approval.
JAMES P. NEWCOMB, Secretary of State.
Source: The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897, Volume VII, published by The Gammel Book Company, 1898; Pgs. 117-118