Village of WaterlooThe inclined planes of the Morris Canal solved a major engineering problem. The canal route had to overcome 1,674 feet of elevation change across New Jersey. The route was chosen for access to the state's iron industry and to utilize the water of Lake Hopatcong, 924 feet above sea level. The canal's twenty-three inclined planes overcame large changes in elevation. Twenty-three lift locks, the water elevators of the canal, accounted for the rest.Imagine the sights and sounds of a canal boat descending the inclined plane, like the one here at Waterloo. Water gushed through the flume and was forced into the turbine housed in the powerhouse shown in the upper right. Wire cable squealed as it wound around the huge cable drum, guiding the heavy boat along iron rails. Mules' hooves clopped across the bridge, ready to pull the boat towards the lock. The sounds of the lock gate opening ushered the boat on its journey.
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|Date Added||Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 520675 N 4529292|
|Decimal Degrees||40.91448333, -74.75448333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 54.869', W 74° 45.269'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 54' 52.14" N, 74° 45' 16.14" 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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