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Roxbury in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Morris Canal   1824 – 1924

Morris Canal Greenway

 
 
The Morris Canal   1824 – 1924 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2010
1. The Morris Canal   1824 – 1924 Marker
Inscription.
The Morris Canal was an engineering marvel of its time.   A system of 23 lift locks and 23 inclined planes enabled the canal to overcome more elevation change than any other transportation canal ever built. Large changes in elevation were overcome using the canal’s famous inclined planes which were short, water powered marine railways on which canal boats were pulled up or let down hillsides. The locks operated like water elevators, overcoming smaller changes in elevation. Mules were the power source that pulled the boats across the state in five days.

The Morris Canal was crucial to the economy and development of northern New Jersey from the time of the waterway’s construction until after the Civil War.   Running from Phillipsburg to Jersey City, the canal linked the anthracite coal fields of northern Pennsylvania with northern New Jersey’s iron industry, major industrial cities, and the New York area markets. Open from 1831 to 1924, the canal carried anthracite coal, iron ore, timber, limestone, and agricultural products.

The Morris Canal overcame 1,674 feet of elevation change, more than any other transportation canal in the world!

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Morris Canal Greenway

The Morris Canal Greenway encompasses part of the historic Morris Canal’s alignment and is a cooperative effort
Back of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2010
2. Back of Marker
Rear of the marker contains an ariel photograph of the canal in this area.
of the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, the Canal Society of New Jersey, the Village of Waterloo and the Friends of the Morris Canal. The Greenway’s purpose is to preserve the remains of the Morris Canal and its associated natural environment, to interpret canal sites to the public, and to offer recreational opportunities. As you walk the Greenway, you will see the remains of canal features, including inclined planes, locks, canal bed, and historic industries and communities directly related to the Morris Canal’s operation.
 
Erected by Canal Society of New Jersey, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Location. 40° 52.883′ N, 74° 39.465′ W. Marker is in Roxbury, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Emmans Road and Canal Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Morris Canal Ledgewood Park. Parking lot is accessible from Emmans Road, near Canal Street. Marker is in this post office area: Ledgewood NJ 07852, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morris Canal (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Silas Riggs House (approx. 0.3 miles away); King House Museum
Morris Canal  Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2010
3. Morris Canal  Marker
This view of the marker looks back towards Emmans Road.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church at Suckasunny Plains (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Morris Canal (approx. 1.4 miles away); Daniel Cary House - 1771 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Cary Station (approx. 2 miles away); Hugh Allen Mansion (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Roxbury.
 
More about this marker. The top right of the marker features two maps. One shows an outline of the State of New Jersey showing the locations of the Delaware & Raritan Canal and the Morris Canal with the marker's location indicated. Next to this is a map of the Summit Region of New Jersey, from Hackettstown to Ledgewood, showing the locations of State Parks, Municipal Parks and Greenway along the Morris Canal.
Below the maps is a photograph of “Two mules towing a Morris Canal boat in Dover.” The bottom of the marker features a “profile show[ing] the changes in elevation as boats traveled through locks and over inclined planes on their route from the Delaware River to the Hudson River.”
 
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Marker in Roxbury image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2010
4. Marker in Roxbury
Morris Canal  Greenway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2010
5. Morris Canal  Greenway
Township of Roxbury Morris Canal Ledgewood Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2010
6. Township of Roxbury Morris Canal Ledgewood Park
The Morris Canal marker is in this park, located off Emmans Road. The walking path (see photo #3) to the Greenway where the marker is found can be reached through the gates seen on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,057 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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