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Abandoned Cold War relics found right in our own suburban backyards. Missile bases with nuclear capabilites! Excerpt from our History Channel series produced by KPI.
DRIVING THROUGH FREEHOLD, NJ - AUGUST 2015 - New Jersey Shore Travel
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Abandoned Smokeless Gun Powder Factory Mill Howell NJ Bear Swap Natural Aera
Deep in the woodlands, on the northwest side of Bear Swamp Natural Area, the second growth forest holds the remnants of a place where smokeless powder was first produced for the United States Military by Hudson Maxim. His older brother, Hiram, invented the Maxim gun, the first truly efficient automatic machine gun. The invention of smokeless gun powder and the invention of the machine gun were a breakthrough in arms manufacturing which included both sporting and military firearms. Not only did it create a design and manufacturing change, but it would change the way wars were fought.
Activity involving the powder plant was centered around the area adjacent to the railroad tracks called Maxim. This is where the names of our Township street, Maxim Road, originated. Although a part of Howell Township, until the mid 1970’s, addresses on Maxim Road were listed in the telephone book as being in Maxim, not Howell.
The rail line bisecting the tract was an important part of the life of the powder plant and of the small community of Maxim which bordered its tracks. In later years, a passenger line known as the Blue Comet traveled this route. For decades now infrequent slow moving freight trains have been the only activity utilizing these tracks. For the most part, a trip through the interior of Bear Swamp Natural Area conveys the welcome peacefulness and aura of a time long past.
Abandoned NJ Tile and Brick Factory Ruins Pine Barrens Pasadena Brooksbrae
A vist to the Abandoned Pasadena Brooksbrae Tile and Brick Factory Ruins in Manchester New Jersey in the Pine Barrens.
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New York TImes Article October 28, 2007
A FEW hundred yards in from the road, past the abandoned railroad tracks, a casual hiker may be surprised to come across rows of stone stanchions and brick walls in the middle of the forest. A closer inspection will reveal a series of tunnels. Look even closer and one will notice the multicolored bits of paint splattered across most of the surfaces of this ruin.
Welcome to Brooksbrae Brick Company, one of the Pine Barrens’ dozens of ghost towns. Slightly eerie though it may be, this is not where you will find spectral images of those who once roamed these lonely woods. Leave that to the ghost hunters who come out in droves this time of year in search of the Jersey Devil or other apparitions believed to still reside here.
Rather, these lost towns are what remain of communities where thousands of people lived and toiled in the 18th and 19th centuries, producing tile, bricks, glass, lumber, paper, iron and munitions.
“This was not some bucolic Walden Pond — this was heavy industry,” said Budd Wilson, a former state archaeologist who over the last 48 years has excavated many of the sites of these lost towns. “People act like nothing ever happened here. That’s not the case. Plenty happened here. It was just 100 years ago.”
An observant visitor with a fertile imagination can still catch glimpses of this bygone era, whether by examining the detritus, much of which still sits on the forest floor, or by visiting the buildings and ruins that yet stand, in various stages of preservation or decay. But before setting out to discover this lost world, a little history might prove useful.
A vast labyrinth of woods, ponds, streams and trails, the Pine Barrens’ now largely protected 1.4 million acres provided fertile opportunity for colonists in the early 1700s who tapped the area’s primary resource: water.
First were the sawmills, operating on water power and taking advantage of the abundant cedar and pine. Soon after, a high level of iron ore was discovered in the water. These iron bogs became a major resource for iron production for close to 100 years, with 17 furnaces operating at one point, manufacturing cast- and wrought-iron goods.
“You had all this noise and all this smoke coming out of the tops of these furnaces,” said Mr. Wilson, describing the area in the early 1800s. “It was like having your fireplace come out into your room all the time. And people were living amongst this.”
By the mid-19th century, the clay and brick industries were thriving, as well as glass manufacturing, which used the abundant sand here. When much of the country’s manufacturing moved to the cities, this area switched to agriculture, specifically cranberries and blueberries, which are still vital industries today.
Meanwhile, the land became ripe for speculators, like the Philadelphia financier Joseph Wharton, who bought up dozens of abandoned industrial towns with plans to pump fresh water from the Pine Barrens to Philadelphia. After he was thwarted by legislation passed to prohibit such interstate export, the land was eventually sold to the state. The 115,111 acres of Wharton State Forest make up the largest single tract of land in New Jersey.
Fascinated by the ruins she stumbled upon while hiking in the Pine Barrens, Barbara Solem-Stull, of Shamong, in Burlington County, spent a year investigating the remains of some 45 former industrial towns. The result was her book “Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens” (Plexus Publishing, 2005). Filled with hand-drawn maps, photos and detailed directions on how to reach these often difficult to find places, the book is part travelogue, part history and part day-trippers’ guide. A determined explorer can probably visit three or four sites in a day, she said.
To get a sense of the lost civilization here, a visitor would do well to start at Harrisville, where some of the most intact ruins stand. On the west border of Bass River Township along Route 679, Harrisville was a gathering place for many of the surrounding company towns. Industry here can be traced back to an iron-slitting mill in 1795, but the majestic brick and stone arches that remain are from the late 1800s, when the Harris brothers ran a paper mill.
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Valley Stream is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population in the village of Valley Stream was 37,511 at the 2010 census
Abandoned Philadelphia Port Richmond Coal Rail Yard Now Graffiti Pier PA
In 1876, James D. McCabe wrote:
This vast depot is one of the “sights” of Philadelphia, and is the most extensive in the world. It comprises 21 shipping docks, with an aggregate length of 15,000 feet, and accommodations for 250 vessels and boats. The shipping piers are 23 in number, and their aggregate length is 4-1/4 miles. They are provided with 10-1/2 miles of single track, and in addition to this are connected with each other and with the main line of the road by 22 miles of track. The cars, loaded with coal at the mines, are brought direct to this depot, and are run out on the shipping piers. By means of trap-doors in the floors of the cars the coal is emptied into schutes [sic] 169 feet in length, which convey it directly into the holds of the vessels to be loaded. About 2,000 men are employed here, and the daily shipments of coal amount to 30,000 tons. The piers have a storage capacity of 175,000 tons. The company at present employ six fine iron steamers for the transportation of coal from Port Richmond to other points, and intend to increase this number to fifty. Several hundred other vessels are employed in this trade.
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Batsto Village Ghost Town | Historic Mining Town | New Jersey | USA
Batsto Village is a historic unincorporated community located on CR 542 within Washington Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. It is located in Wharton State Forest in the south central Pine Barrens, and a part of the Pinelands National Reserve. It is listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places, and is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks & Forestry. The name is derived from the Swedish bastu, bathing place.
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