Anderson Township’s Toll Gate Schoolhouse in Madison County

Built in 18791, Anderson Township’s District 2 school -later known as District 9- was most often called Toll Gate, since it stood near one located at the intersection of the Alexandria turnpike and what was once known as Goodykoontz Road2.

Photo taken August 14, 2021.

In 1922, the District 1: Hughel school burned down, and its students were sent to Toll Gate3. A new Toll Gate school was built in 1927 and was hastily renamed Lindbergh after the famous aviator, a designation that Goodykoontz or Toll Gate Road also received4. In the 1940s, the road was renamed Lindberg, without the ‘H’, due to the antiwar sentiment of its namesake5

The building served as the Toll Gate Inn6, a restaurant, for years after it was replaced by Lindberg Elementary School. Today, the building is a home. The Lindberg School closed in 1982 and still stands, abandoned.

Sources Cited
1 Madison County Office of Information & GIS Services. (2021). Parcel ID: 48-12-07-202-002.000-003. 
2 Former Student Recalls Hughel (Family) School (1961, May 6). The Anderson Daily Bulletin. p. 4.
3 (See footnote 2).
4 Larson, K. (1977, May 15). Sixth Graders Honor Lindbergh. The Anderson Herald. p. 12.
5.Bailey, J. (2011, January 29). Lindberg Road station may have been first quick-stop. The Herald Bulletin. Web. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
6 Ask Receiver For New Toll Gate Inn (1930, November 7). The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 4.

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