Historic Railroad Map of the Northeastern United States - 1863

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New Railway Guide containing all the railroads in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey with portions of the States of New York, Ohio, Maryland and Virginia.

This relief map of the northeastern United States was published in 1863 by W. Barrington. It displays cities, towns, counties, and the railroad system of the 1860's. The railroads are completely labeled, with distances between stations noted.

Newark, New Jersey was originally founded along the Passaic River in 1666 by Puritans from the New Haven Colony. The completion of the Morris Canal in 1831 helped Newark grow and prosper.

Farming and light industrial communities of New Jersey adapted well to this new means of transportation. The innovative canal ran from Phillipsburg to Newark. It enabled the transportation of anthracite coal and other raw materials from the Lehigh Valley to various industrial destinations.

The canal system involved several inclining ponds to ease the drop of elevation allowing boats and barges to ascend smoothly. Newark was the canal’s terminus. From here shipments could be easily forwarded across Kearny Point and through Jersey City to the Hudson River. Portions of this canal system were later dismantled to allow for the coming railroads.

Railroads closely followed in the path of the canal, and by the 1860's the City of Newark had grown into a major trading center.

The Rogers Locomotive Works was established in Paterson, New Jersey in 1832. Original founder Thomas Rogers’ son Jacob S. headed the firm in the 1850's when it built its most famous locomotive called “The General”. This product was a valuable article during the American Civil War. Rogers Locomotive Works produced over six thousand steam locomotives for various uses world-wide.

Countless railroad connections were built in Pennsylvania during the mid-1800's to transport coal produced in that state to New York State’s industrial areas.