“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Pittstown, Franklin Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Capoolong Creek Trail

Pittstown Branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad

The Capoolong Creek Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Goessling, January 5, 2010
1. The Capoolong Creek Trail Marker
Inscription. The Capoolong Creek Trail is on the former Pittstown 3.9 mile trail branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. This rail line connected Pittstown to the Lehigh Valley main line located at Landsdown. During the 1890s, this important rail line service supported local peach harvesting; delivering peaches to markets throughout the New York metropolitan area. In 1895 an insect blight destroyed the Hunterdon peach industry killing millions of tress over a few years time, and the peach industry moved to Southern New Jersey. In the early 1900s, the Pittstown station was used by the newly formed Pittstown Milk Association shipping local products to New York area markets. By 1968 the Pittstown branch was abandoned; and in 1973 the state purchased the former rail line property and made it into a nature trail.

The Pittstown rail line branch was completed with the man power of 100 men over 3 months in 1891. The Pittstown Station open in July of 1891. Peaches and peach basket production flourished here in Pittstown and throughout all of Hunterdon County. At the other end of this trail was the passenger station at Landsdown on the busy Lehigh Valley main line. Across from the Landsdown train station was the Lehigh Valley Railroad's Clinton branch, which was 1.5 mile long. In comparison to 4 daily trains on the Pittstown branch, the Clinton branch
The Peach Exchange and the end-of-track terminal image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 18, 2010
2. The Peach Exchange and the end-of-track terminal
had 10 daily trains. After passenger service ended in 1936 on the Clinton branch, the station at Landsdown and Clinton were demolished. In order to continue to accommodate freight trains, the wood bridges over the Capoolong Creek and other waterways were replaced and upgraded with heavier steel girder bridges in the mid 1940s.
Erected by N.J. State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Location. 40° 35.965′ N, 74° 55.395′ W. Marker is near Pittstown, Franklin Township, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker is on Sidney Road (County Road 617) just north of Lower Kingtown Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittstown NJ 08867, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. August Wilhelm Knispel (approx. half a mile away); Lehigh Valley Railroad Three Story Station House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Camp Buck (approx. one mile away); Colonel Charles Stewart House (approx. 1.1 miles away); General Stewart Mansion (approx. 1.1 miles away); Milky Way Farm (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bethlehem Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); King's Manor (approx. 1.4 miles away).
More about this marker. There is another similar marker with the same text at the intersection of Lower Kingtown Road and Upper Kingtown Road.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. The Most Historic Sites in Franklin Township - Pittstown Branch Railroad. Each year the students in the fourth grade at Franklin Township School write about the most historic site in Franklin Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. This page is for the essays written about the Pittstown Branch Railroad. (Submitted on January 6, 2010.) 

2. The Most Historic Sites in Franklin Township - Capoolon Creek. And this one has essays about the Capoolon Creek. (Submitted on January 6, 2010.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Goessling of High Bridge, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,227 times since then and 90 times this year. Last updated on , by David Goessling of High Bridge, New Jersey. Photos:   1. submitted on , by David Goessling of High Bridge, New Jersey.   2. submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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