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Readingsburg in Hunterdon County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

High Bridge and Longwood Valley Branch

 
 
High Bridge and Longwood Valley Branch Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Honachefsky Jr, February 12, 2008
1. High Bridge and Longwood Valley Branch Marker
Near the Hamlet of Readingsburg, also called Stone Mill. Readingsburg Historic District is located on the South Branch of the Raritan River and was the site of early mills. About six dwellings comprised the village.
Inscription.  N.J. Central Railroad completed in 1875 to bring iron ore from Morris County to forges at High Bridge. In use until 1976 when the track right-of-way was sold.
 
Erected 2007 by Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey, Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 40° 40.854′ N, 74° 52.767′ W. Marker is in Readingsburg, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker is on Cokesbury Road (County Route 639) near Columbia Trail (recreational), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annandale NJ 08801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hamlet of Readingsburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Taylor Steelworkers Historic Greenway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Solitude Falls (approx. 0.6 miles away); Welcome to the Twp. of Lebanon (approx. 0.6 miles away);
The High Bridge Branch (today the Columbia Trail) image. Click for full size.
By William Honachefsky Jr, December 2, 2004
2. The High Bridge Branch (today the Columbia Trail)
The bridge in this picture crosses over Cokesbury Road, near the marker.
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High Bridge Company 1268 / Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. ¾ mile away); Solitude (approx. ¾ mile away); Solitude House (approx. ¾ mile away); Lake Solitude and Taylor Falls (approx. 0.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The Columbia Trail passes over Cokesbury Road near this marker. The Columbia Trail is the former High Bridge Branch rail line that is now a recreational trail. Today the trail spans seven miles from High Bridge to the Morris County line. It provides passive recreation to the surrounding communities through hiking, biking, and cross country skiing.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,318 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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