Wayne Township in Passaic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Newark-Pompton Turnpike
—County of Passaic —
(side facing north)
On February 24, 1806, Businessman Israel Crane obtained a charter from the State of New Jersey to build a private toll road running from Broadway in Newark to Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike at Pompton in Morris County. He saw that good roads and direct routes were going to be needed to link farms and cities. The portion of Newark-Pompton Turnpike in Wayne would incorporate an existing public road from Colonial times and no tolls could be charged on that segment. Soon the road along the Pompton River was filled with wagons bringing produce and iron from the rural north and west to the markets of Newark and its growing suburbs. The road was acquired by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1889 after Israel Crane's death. General Lafayette used the road on July 14, 1825. The last living Major-General from the American Revolution, he was touring the United States as the nation's guest.
Erected 2015 by County of Passaic.
Location. 40° 56.274′ N, 74° 16.435′ W. Marker is in Wayne Township, New Jersey, in Passaic County. Marker is on Newark-Pompton Turnpike (County Route 683), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wayne NJ 07470, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Morris Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Morris Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Morris Canal (approx. 1.6 miles away); John Dods Tavern (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mandeville Farm Encampment Site (approx. 1.9 miles away); Giles Mandeville House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Newark – Pompton Turnpike (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pompton Plains 9/11 Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker was designed by Passaic County Principal Planner Elizabeth Newton. The Passaic County Planning Board requested the marker as a condition of approval for a site plan application. The property owner funded and installed the marker.
Additional keywords. Toll Road
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2017, by Michael La Place of Passaic County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Last updated on June 30, 2017, by Michael La Place of Passaic County, New Jersey. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2017, by Michael La Place of Passaic County, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.