Prospect Park

Booth in Prospect Park is relic of 19th-century road

April 23, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The unusual octagonal booth near the Children’s Corner of Prospect Park, which many people mistake for an information booth, is actually a relic of an early toll road that connected the town of Flatbush to the city of Brooklyn, according to Brownstoner.

During the 19th century, the booth moved among various locations along a 4-mile plank road on what is now Flatbush Avenue. Plank roads were popular among farmers who wished to avoid being mired in the mud of dirt roads, Brownstoner said. After the toll road became public, the booth was kept by a former Flatbush road commissioner as a curiosity, then given by his daughter to Prospect Park. A dedication ceremony was held for it in 1925.

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