The Morris Canal: Across New Jersey by Water and Rail

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The Morris Canal was not the longest canal in the world, but it did have one superlative to its credit—it climbed higher than any other canal ever built. In its time, it was world famous, visited by tourists and technical people from as far away as Europe and Asia. For nearly 100 years, it crossed the hills of northern New Jersey, accomplishing that feat with 23 lift locks and 23 inclined planes. From Lake Hopatcong, the canal ran westward through the Musconetcong valley to Phillipsburg, on the Delaware River, and eastward through the valleys of the Rockaway and Passaic Rivers to tidewater at Newark and Jersey City—a little over 100 miles horizontally and a total rise and fall of nearly 1,700 feet vertically.   The Morris Canal, once an important soldier in the American Industrial Revolution, has been gone for most of the 20th century, but its memory lives on in the many photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia that its unique presence inspired.
ISBN: 9781467104104
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 57
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Bob Goller has been following the canal’s story since 1962 and has written about it extensively. Here, with more than 200 images assembled from his own collection and from other sources, he takes readers on a historical journey to those countrysides and settlements of northern New Jersey where mule-drawn boats were once a familiar part of the daily scene. This 20th anniversary edition includes a new chapter showing how the old canal continues to intrigue people today, nearly a century after it was abandoned.
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