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West Windsor Township in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Martian Landing Site

 
 
Full view of Martian Landing Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rc, October 3, 2007
1. Full view of Martian Landing Site Marker
Inscription. On the evening of October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre presented a dramatization of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds as adapted by Howard Koch. This was to become a landmark in broadcast history, provoking continuing thought about media responsibility, social psychology and civil defense. For a brief time as many as one million people throughout the country believed that Martians had invaded the Earth, beginning with Grover's Mill, New Jersey.
 
Erected 1988.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
 
Location. 40° 18.765′ N, 74° 36.333′ W. Marker is in West Windsor Township, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker is on Cranbury Road (County Route 615). Click for map. Marker is located in Van Nest Park which can be reached from US Rt. 1 (North of Trenton/South of Princeton). Exit onto NJ Rt. 571 East and turn left on Cranbury Rd. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton Junction NJ 08550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. You'll Do Lobelia (approx. 1.4 miles away); Burial site of "Elsie" (approx. 1.4 miles away); J.V.B. Wicoff Elementary School
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By Rc, October 3, 2007
2. Marker Text
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Scudders Mills (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Canal Dug By Irishmen (approx. 2.5 miles away); M. Hartley Dodge, Jr. (approx. 3.7 miles away); Washington’s Crossing (approx. 3.7 miles away); Battle of Princeton (approx. 3.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is located immediately next to a persimmon grove in the park and there are plenty of persimmons to be had during the fruit bearing season.
 
Also see . . .
1. War of The Worlds Radio Broadcast. Placing the radio broadcast in historical perspective. (Submitted on January 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. War of the Worlds Script. The Orson Wells radio broadcast script. (Submitted on January 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Martian Landing Site. Roadside America article. (Submitted on January 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Bell System Telephone Operators Recall “War of the Worlds” Panic During Broadcast. From the AT&T archives, YouTube video of 1988 interviews with telephone operators who were on their shifts in 1938 during the broadcast. Operators were overwhelmed
Martian Landing Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander, June 25, 2009
3. Martian Landing Site Marker
with panicked people asking to be connected to their loved ones for one last call before the end of the world, or just asking what they should do. (Submitted on September 1, 2013.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Style and design of marker
Whomever designed this marker did an excellent job of making it look like something out of "Star Trek" or perhaps the movie "Forbidden Planet." The angles are unusual and somewhat "alien..."
    — Submitted January 8, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

 
Additional keywords. Martians, invasion, science fiction
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEntertainmentNotable Events
 
View of marker with bushes and grove of trees visible image. Click for full size.
By Rc, October 3, 2007
4. View of marker with bushes and grove of trees visible
Side view of unique marker design. image. Click for full size.
By Rc
5. Side view of unique marker design.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,634 times since then and 147 times this year. Last updated on , by Alistair Adcroft of West Windsor, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York.   4. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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