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Middletown Township near Highlands in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Athletic Field

 
 
Athletic Field Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
1. Athletic Field Marker
This is the ninth in a series of 39 markers on the Fort Hancock Walking Tour.
Inscription.  
The army encouraged sporting events and friendly competition between units on the post and among neighboring forts. Fort Hancock had its own baseball, football, bowling, basketball, and weight lifting teams, which competed with posts in the region.

Fort Hancock was in operation from 1895 to 1974.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesSports. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey - Fort Hancock Walking Tour series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
 
Location. 40° 27.734′ N, 74° 0.222′ W. Marker is near Highlands, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. It is in Middletown Township. Marker is on Kearney Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Fort Hancock area in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30a Kearney Rd, 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. Post Commissary (within shouting distance of
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this marker); Sergeants’ Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Lock’em Up! (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Headquarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Young Men’s Christian Association (about 400 feet away); Lighting the Way (about 400 feet away); Sandy Hook (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highlands.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photo of the post’s football team, the Fort Hancock Warriors in 1939. A photo in the lower right of the marker depicts a woman’s softball game, and has a caption of “In 1943, the Women’s Army Corps played softball here.”
 
Marker in Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
2. Marker in Fort Hancock
Athletic Field Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2012
3. Athletic Field Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 478 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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