Historic Railroad Map of New Jersey - 1869

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Map of the Railroads of New Jersey, and parts of adjoining states.

Trenton is located on the Delaware River with Morristown, Pennsylvania lying just across the river to the west. It was the location of George Washington's first victory in the Battle of Trenton. On December 26, 1776, Washington with his troops crossed the frigid waters of the Delaware and defeated the Hessian troops that held Trenton. Trenton was briefly named the nation's capital after the Revolutionary War.

Newark was originally founded along the Passaic River in 1666 by Puritans from the New Haven Colony.

The completion of the Morris Canal in 1831 enabled Newark to prosper greatly through the transportation of goods. The farming and light industrial communities of New Jersey adapted well to the new means of transportation.

The innovative canal ran from Phillipsburg to Newark, altering the landscape and enabling the transportation of anthracite coal and other raw materials from the Lehigh Valley to New Jersey's growing industrial needs. The canal system involved several inclining ponds to ease the drop of elevation allowing boats to ascend smoothly. Newark was the canal's terminus on the Passaic River. From here materials could be easily be forwarded across Kearny Point and through Jersey City to the Hudson River. Portions of this New Jersey canal system were later dismantled to allow for the coming railroads.

Railroads followed in the path of the canal and by 1874 the City of Newark was a major hub for trade in and out of town.

This outline map was published in 1869 by J.A. Anderson. It shows drainage, county boundaries, cities and towns, stations, and clearly labeled railroad network with mileage between stations noted.


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