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Alpine in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Along the Palisades Riverfront

 
 
Along the Palisades Riverfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 24, 2011
1. Along the Palisades Riverfront Marker
Inscription.
The background photograph shows Alpine Landing – here – known earlier as Closter Landing or the Closter Dock – around 1897. From before the Revolutionary War, a steep road through a break in the cliffs of the Palisades allowed Bergen County farmers to bring goods to the docks here to ship to New York City’s markets. In time boatmen, dock workers, quarrymen, laborers, fishermen – and their families – came to live here and at similar landings along the Palisades. A steam-powered mill for grinding oats and coffee beans (the big complex at the right of the photograph) was built here in the 1860s.

Mrs. Rachel Kearney, left, raised at least nine children at the landing. After being widowed a second time in 1831, she kept a tavern at her house (this house is at the center of the background photograph and is the only one still standing today). She was ninety when she died in 1870.

The photograph of eel fishermen, right, was taken around 1910 at Cape Fly Away, just north of Alpine Landing. Even after the Palisades Interstate Park Commission acquired the land in the early twentieth century, many Palisades residents – like these fishermen – continued to live and work along the riverfront, until the last moved away around 1930.
 
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Along the Palisades Riverfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 24, 2011
2. Along the Palisades Riverfront Marker
Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
 
Location. 40° 56.77′ N, 73° 55.122′ W. Marker is in Alpine, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker can be reached from Alpine Approach Road. Click for map. Marker is in the Palisades Interstate Park at the end of the Alpine Approach Road, north of the Alpine Boat Basin. Marker is in this post office area: Alpine NJ 07620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Alpine Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Untangling Folklore from Fact (about 400 feet away); Closter Dock Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Benjamin P. Westervelt Homesite (approx. 2 miles away); Huyler’s Landing Road (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cap’t John Huyler’s Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); Douwe Talema (approx. 2.3 miles away); Sautes Tave’s Begraven Ground (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alpine.
 
Also see . . .  Palisades Interstate Park website. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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Marker at the Alpine Boat Basin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 24, 2011
3. Marker at the Alpine Boat Basin
Mrs. Kearney’s Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 24, 2011
4. Mrs. Kearney’s Tavern
This house is locted just north of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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