|Elevation||1,919 ft (585 m)|
Tollhouse (formerly, Toll House) is an unincorporated community in Fresno County, California. It lies at an elevation of 1919 feet (585 m). Tollhouse is located in the Sierra Nevadas, 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Shaver Lake.
The town was created in the 1860s around a lumber mill. The name "tollhouse" comes from the fact that the community was also built up in connection to a now-defunct toll road running up the steep slopes of Sarver Peak to Pineridge.
The first post office opened in Tollhouse in 1876, closed in 1884, re-opened in 1885. The last toll on the toll road was collected in 1878. Tollhouse is home to many small mountains. The small towns of Auberry, CA, Prather, CA, and Shaver, CA are in a close proximity to
Tollhouse is the tribal headquarters for the Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California.
Notable current and former residents of Tollhouse include:
- George Ballis (1925-2010), photographer and activist whose photos documented the efforts of César Chávez and the formation of the United Farm Workers.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tollhouse, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1118. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
- Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians. Indigenous Internet Chamber of Commerce Business Directory. (retrieved 24 July 2009)
- Brown, Emma. "George 'Elfie' Ballis, 85, who photographed struggle of Cesar Chávez and migrant farmworkers, dies", The Washington Post, September 27, 2010. Accessed September 29, 2010.
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