Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roebling …… Wire Rope and American Bridges
John Roebling relocated to Trenton in 1848, lured by the city’s advantageous location within the canal and rail network, and by the prospect of an abundant supply of wire from the mills of the Trenton Iron Company and easily obtainable coal from the Lehigh Valley. He set up his wire rope factory on the outskirts of Trenton, adjacent to the Delaware and Raritan Canal and Camden and Amboy Railroad. Roebling rapidly expanded his works to meet an increasing national demand foe cable, rigging and wire fencing. A demand that continued through the Civil War Era with the Union’s need for cable and rope for military bridges and ship.
The firm’s long-term reputation rested primarily on its role as
Links to learn more – Invention Factory, Trenton; Town of Roebling, New Jersey
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
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
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooper & Hewitt ….. Iron & Steel (here, next to this marker); Canals and Railroads – Arteries to the Heart of Industrial Trenton (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. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,375 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.