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Sparta in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Works of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Company

 
 
Edison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
1. Edison Marker
Inscription. On this site in 1891, Thomas Edison developed an enormous complex of mines, crushers, separators, and subsidiary buildings that came to be known as “Edison” or, more properly, “The Works of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Company.” This company produced briquettes of concentrated iron ore. The plant finally closed, never to reopen, on September 30, 1900. In its highest level of activity, the plant employed nearly 500 men. Thomas Edison himself had lost about two million dollars of his own money on the project, but was quoted as saying:

I can at any time get a job at $75.00 a month as a telegrapher, and that will amply take care of all my personal requirements.”

As quoted to Mr. Waltor Mallory and
reprinted form the “North Jersey Highlander”
Summer 1980

[Upper Plaque:]
Thomas Alva Edison
Born: February 11, 1847     Died: October 18, 1931

 
Location. 41° 3.82′ N, 74° 34.253′ W. Marker is in Sparta, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is on Edison Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta NJ 07871, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Upper Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
2. Upper Plaque
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Schoolhouse and Firehouse Museum (approx. 1.7 miles away); Snufftown - Stockholm (approx. 3˝ miles away); Sparta (approx. 3.6 miles away); Sparta War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Morris County (approx. 4 miles away); Dr. Samuel Fowler (approx. 4.3 miles away); Krogh’s (approx. 4.3 miles away); Lake Mohawk Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
 
More about this marker. Marker consists of a granite monument with a plaque containing a relief image of Thomas Edison. The reverse side of the monument features three photograph of the Ironworks when it was in operation.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Thomas Edison's Ironworks and Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
3. Thomas Edison's Ironworks and Mines Marker
Edison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
4. Edison Marker
Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
5. Back of Monument
Photo from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
6. Photo from Marker
General view of the Works looking N.E.,
Horseshoe Cut in the foreground.

Credit: U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Edison National Historic Site
26.111/17 Before 1895   NJ & PC CONC. WORKS
Photo from Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
7. Photo from Back of Monument
Corliss engine used to power equipment
at the Works.

Credit: U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Edison National Historic Site
26.111/4 Before 1895   NJ & PC CONC. WORKS
Photo from Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
8. Photo from Back of Monument
Employees of the Works at Ogden, N.J.
(Also known as Edison, N.J.)

Credit: U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Edison National Historic Site
26.111/3 Pre-1895   NJ & PC CONC. WORKS
Marker in the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
9. Marker in the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Nearby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 29, 2010
10. Nearby Marker
Erected by
Sparta Township Council
with assistance from State
Senator Robert E. Littell, and
the New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection.

Dedicated 1999
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 697 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 29, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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