Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Canals and Railroads – Arteries to the Heart of Industrial Trenton
The Delaware and Raritan Canal, completed in 1834 between Bordentown on the Delaware River and New Brunswick on the Raritan, was used chiefly for transportation. It played a critical role in the pottery and iron and steel industries as a means of shipping in raw materials like clay, semi-processed iron and coal and shipping out finished products. A separate canal, the seven-mile long Trenton
The original main line of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, opened in 1833-34, bypassed Trenton, but within five years a branch line had been built through the city running alongside the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The Belvidere Delaware Railroad, an important downriver coal-carrying route, opened between Trenton and Lambertville in 1851 and was extended Belvidere in 1855. When the Joint Companies monopoly expired in the early 1860s other rail lines soon coursed through Trenton, including the Delaware and Bound Brook in 1876 and the East Trenton Railroad in 1884. The Camden and Amboy Railroad was absorbed into the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1871 and much of its network still survives today, including sections now forming part of the Southern New Jersey Light Rail Transit System.
Links to learn more – Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, New Jersey; New Jersey Railroad & Transportation Heritage Museum, Philipsburg, New Jersey
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Marker series. Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
Location. 40° 11.914′ N, 74° 45.507′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 29. Touch for map. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooper & Hewitt ….. Iron & Steel (here, next to this marker); Roebling …… Wire Rope and American Bridges (here, next to this marker); From Teacups to Toilets (here, next to this marker); 19th Century Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); 20th Century (and later) Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); Trenton’s Early Houses of Worship (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery – An “Odious and Disgraceful” Practice (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battles of Trenton, Turning Point of the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
More about this marker. This is one of four subject markers under the 19th Century Arch.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,320 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.