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Solitude Falls

 
 
Solitude Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, December 28, 2015
1. Solitude Falls Marker
Inscription.  
Lake Solitude Dam (also known as the Taylor Dam) was constructed in 1858 across the South Branch of the Raritan River to provide hydro-power and hydro-electric power to Taylor Iron and Steel Company.

The original falls structure (spillway) was referred to as a "crib" dam. This crib dam was replaced in 1909 with the current spillway structure which is 175 feet wide and 40 feet tall and is known as a stone buttress dam.

The dam structure designed by NJ Engineer Col. Frank Tainter is the earliest example of a steel reinforced dam and the last remaining example of a buttress dam in the state of New Jersey.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
 
Location. 40° 40.528′ N, 74° 53.229′ W. Marker is in High Bridge, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker can be reached from Mine Road. Marker is located along the Columbia Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: High Bridge NJ 08829, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Taylor Steelworkers Historic Greenway (here, next to this marker); Lake Solitude and Taylor Falls

Solitude Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, December 28, 2015
2. Solitude Falls Marker
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); Solitude (approx. 0.3 miles away); Solitude House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Forge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to the Twp. of Lebanon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Forge Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); The TISCO Complex (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in High Bridge.
 
Solitude Falls & Lake Solitude Dam image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, October 18, 2010
3. Solitude Falls & Lake Solitude Dam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2015, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2015, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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