West Orange in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Before the establishment of the NPS, parks existed as a haphazard collection of scenic places out of reach for most people. Stephen Mather, the first director of the NPS, wanted more national parks within reach of more people and saw the burgeoning automobile industry as the perfect vehicle to gain access to parks.
Through an enormous effort by Mather, automobiles were endorsed as the best method of travel to national parks. Contemporary personalities like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone popularized the use of automobiles in national parks, a trend still popular today.
By 1918, just two years after its creation, the NPS saw automobile visitors outnumber train visitors by seven-to-one. Thus an American tradition was born.
Today this tradition remains; national parks across the country are working to provide the critical infrastructure needed to power a new wave of accessing national parks
An electric vehicle exclusively uses one or more electric motors, eliminating the need to burn any type of fuel. By utilizing rechargeable batteries these types of vehicles can offer drivers greater efficiency than that of gasoline-powered vehicles. Craters of the Moon National Park use Gem e2 electric vehicles to traverse the park.
Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable fuel that is manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease. It is a cleaner-burning replacement for petroleum diesel fuel that is utilized in many visitor shuttles around the NPS like this one from Yosemite National Park.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a widely used fuel for cooking and heating. LPG produces fewer emissions than gasoline and has an already established infrastructure for transport. Many lawnmowers across the NPS, like these at the National Mall, have been retrofitted to run on LPG.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles • Science & Medicine.
Location. 40° 47.064′ N, 74° 14.058′ W. Marker is in West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Main Street south of Edisonia Terrace, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located near the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Visitor Center, at the south end of the parking lot on the west side of Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 Main Street, West Orange NJ 07052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Electrical Innovation (here, next to this marker); The Truck of the Second Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Black Maria (within shouting distance of this marker); The Truck of the First Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Maria Replica (within shouting distance of this marker); The Main Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas A. Edison Industries (within shouting distance of this marker); Edison Cement Slab (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Orange.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.