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Mahwah in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
American Brake Shoe Foundry
& Ramapo Valley Road Bridge
 
American Brake Shoe Foundry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, June 26, 2011
1. American Brake Shoe Foundry Marker
 
Inscription.
          On August 25, 1781 during the historic 600-mile march to what was the Revolutionary War’s decisive Battle of Yorktown, Gen. Rochambeau’s army was forced to ford this river because the bridge that was here was in poor shape. The bridge of today was built in 2010.

          Opened here in the rural countryside in 1901, the Ramapo Foundry manufactured railroad break shoes. It grew into a conglomerate with more than 500 workers at its largest facility in Mahwah. At this complex of labs, foundries, offices and worker housing, it made railroad & automotive products, hydraulics, castings & friction material. During WWII the foundry fulfilled defense contracts. From 1902-1943 it was called the American Brake Shoe and Foundry, and from 1943-1966 the American Brake Shoe Company. It closed in 1983 as part of Abex, IC Industries.
 
Erected 2010 by Bergen County.
 
Location. 41° 6.201′ N, 74° 9.053′ W. Marker is in Mahwah, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is at the intersection of Ramapo Valley Road (U.S. 202) and Breakshoe Place, on the right when traveling south on Ramapo Valley Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mahwah NJ 07430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
 
American Brake Shoe Foundry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, June 26, 2011
2. American Brake Shoe Foundry Marker
 
within walking distance of this marker. Hopper Gristmill Site (approx. half a mile away); Wanamaker Utility Shed (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mahwah’s First Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tree of Life (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rochambeau’s Encampment (approx. 0.8 miles away in New York); This Cannon “Independence” (approx. 0.8 miles away in New York); Soldier’s Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away in New York); Horse Watering Trough (approx. 0.8 miles away in New York). Click for a list of all markers in Mahwah.
 
Marker at the Ramapo Valley Road Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, June 26, 2011
3. Marker at the Ramapo Valley Road Bridge
The current Ramapo Valley Road Bridge is pictured here behind the marker.
 
 
Washington-Rochambeau Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, June 26, 2011
4. Washington-Rochambeau Marker
The route taken by the armies of Washington and Rochambeau has been marked by this banner located near the marker.
 
 
W3R Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, June 26, 2011
5. W3R Marker
Washington-Rochambeau
Revolutionary Route
1780-1783
 
 
Ramapo Valley Road Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Doran Howitt, June 2, 2013
6. Ramapo Valley Road Bridge Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,036 times since then. Last updated on December 6, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 28, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on June 17, 2013, by Doran Howitt of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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