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Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Post Exchange

 
 
Post Exchange Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
1. Post Exchange Marker
This is the eighth in a series of 39 markers on the Fort Hancock Walking Tour.
Inscription.  
This building was Fort Hancock’s original gymnasium and in 1941 became the Post Exchange or PX. Soldiers could buy personal items here or go bowling at the four-lane alley located in the basement. The cost for a game in 1942 was 15 cents.

Fort Hancock was in operation from 1895 to 1974.
 
Erected by Gateway National Recreation Area. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey - Fort Hancock Walking Tour series list.
 
Location. 40° 27.704′ N, 74° 0.194′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is at the intersection of McNair Road and Lawson Lane, on the left when traveling north on McNair Road. Marker is located in the Fort Hancock area in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sergeants’ Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Lock’em Up!
Marker in Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
2. Marker in Fort Hancock
The Sandy Hook Lighthouse can be seen behind the marker and behind the PX.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Young Men’s Christian Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Athletic Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Headquarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Handball Court (about 300 feet away); Fill’er Up! (about 300 feet away); Sandy Hook Light (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photograph of the PX, which was built in 1909, as it appeared in 1938. A photograph taken in 1942 of the interior of the PX is found at the lower right of the marker.
 
Post Exchange Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
3. Post Exchange Marker
Fort Hancock Post Exchange image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
4. Fort Hancock Post Exchange
The PX is Building #70 at Fort Hancock.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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