Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Canals and Railroads – Arteries to the Heart of Industrial Trenton
The Delaware and Raritan Canal, completed in 1834 between Bordentown on the Delaware River and New Brunswick on the Raritan, was used chiefly for transportation. It played a critical role in the pottery
The original main line of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, opened in 1833-34, bypassed Trenton, but within five years a branch line had been built through the city running alongside the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The Belvidere Delaware Railroad, an important downriver coal-carrying route, opened between Trenton and Lambertville in 1851 and was extended to Belvidere in 1855. When the Joint Companies monopoly expired in the early 1860s other rail lines soon coursed through Trenton, including the Delaware and Bound Brook in 1876 and the East Trenton Railroad in 1884. The Camden and Amboy Railroad was absorbed into the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1871 and much of its network still survives today, including sections now forming part of the Southern New Jersey Light Rail Transit System.
Links to learn more – Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, New
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Canal (AKA Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal), and the Pennsylvania Railroad 🚂 series lists.
Location. 40° 11.914′ N, 74° 45.507′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from New Jersey Route 29. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooper & Hewitt ….. Iron & Steel (here, next to this marker); Roebling …… Wire Rope and American Bridges (here, next to this marker); From Teacups to Toilets (here, next to this marker); 19th Century Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); 20th Century (and later) Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); Trenton’s Early Houses of Worship (within shouting distance of this marker); From Federal City to State Capital (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery – An “Odious and Disgraceful” Practice (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
More about this marker. This is one of four subject markers under the 19th Century Arch.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,422 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on February 3, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.