The Morris Canal GreenwayThe Morris Canal was an engineering marvel of its time. A system of 23 lift locks and 23 inclined planes enabled the canal to overcome more elevation change than any other transportation canal ever built. Large changes in elevation were overcome using the canal's famous inclined planes which were short, water-powered marine railways on which canal boats were pulled up or let down hillsides. The locks operated like water elevators, overcoming smaller changes in elevation. Mules were the power source that pulled the boats across the state in five days.The Morris Canal was critical to the economy and development of northern New Jersey from the time of the waterway's construction until after the Civil War. Running from Phillipsburg to Jersey City, the canal linked the anthracite coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania with northern New Jersey's iron industry, major industrial cities, and the New York area markets. Open from 1831 to 1924, the canal carried anthracite coal, iron ore, timber, limestone, and agricultural products.The Morris Canal overcame 1,674 feet of elevation change, more than any other transportation canal in the world!
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|Date Added||Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 520618 N 4529261|
|Decimal Degrees||40.91420000, -74.75515000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 54.852', W 74° 45.309'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 54' 51.12" N, 74° 45' 18.54" W|
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|Area Code(s)||973, 908|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Morris Canal, Byram Township NJ 07821, US|
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