Collits inn was very popular with travellers as the road down from Mt York was extremely steep and hazardous. The sight of an Inn was most welcoming. Many a time it took vast periods to winch the wagons down . The waggons had to have chocks put in front of the wheel and virtually wound their way down the road. The travelers simply had to wait at the Inn till the process was completed, so Pierce did very well our of the steep road.
But the day of the Collit Inn was numbered. The road increasing become intolerable, so the search for a new road was commissioned. James Collit thought he would put forward his idea a new road and was rewarded with 620 acres at Canowindra for his work., 7th October 1829.
In correspondence dated
17 November 1829 to the then Governor, Lieutenant
General Ralph Darling in which Thomas Pembroke
"as your Excellency suggested a House of Accommodation would be more necessary at 20 Mile Hollow than where he at present resides, he humbly petitions to have that 50 acres measured there and with the offered assistance of his father-in-law at Mount York, will immediately commence and complete a Respectable accommodation.."
` 14 December 1829 - from Pierce Collits to the Honourable Alexanda McLeay Esq. "in reply to your letter of the 5th instant I beg leave to state that I am ready to assist TM Pembroke in building an Inn...." 2
However Major Mitchell had other ideas and he wanted his road to go straight down the face of Mt Victoria. There was heated exchange over the allocations of the reward and the arrogance of Mitchell who went ahead and started to build "his road".
Mitchell writing from the Collits Inn, refused the order from the Government, saying he would not accept some vague notion of an illiterate clown and insisted his line of road was the correct one. In the end the Government gave up and accessed to letting the pass go ahead. At the bottom of the letter in pencil is the words What more does Major Mitchell want?