The Morris Canal 1824-1924 Historical

The Morris Canal 1824-1924 Historical (HM1V9X)

Location: Byram Township, NJ 07821 Sussex County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 54.852', W 74° 45.309'

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The Morris Canal Greenway

The 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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The Morris Canal Greenway encompasses part of the historic Morris Canal's alignment and
is a cooperative effort of the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, the Canal Society of New Jersey, the Village of Waterloo and the Friends of the Morris Canal. The Greenway's purpose is to preserve the remains of the Morris Canal and its associated natural environment, to interpret canal sites to the public and to offer recreational opportunities. As you walk the Greenway, you will see the remains of canal features, including inclined planes, locks, canal bed and historic industries and communities directly related to the Morris Canal's operation.
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Date Added Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 520618 N 4529261
Decimal Degrees40.91420000, -74.75515000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 54.852', W 74° 45.309'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 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 AddressAt or near Morris Canal, Byram Township NJ 07821, US
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