|Railroad Station: Lackawanna Station, Morris and Elm Sts., for Lackawanna R.R.|
|Bus Station: Park Pl. N. for De Camp, Public Service, and interurban lines.|
|Taxis: 35 for one passenger, 50 for two, 250 for each additional passenger within city limits.|
|Traffic Regulations: Traffic lights in business section. Watch signs for parking limitations and one-way streets. All traffic around the park is counter-clockwise.|
|Accommodations: Small hotels and tourist houses; no seasonal rates.|
|Information Service: Bus Terminal, 77 Park Pl.; Chamber of Commerce, io Park Pl.; Morristown Library, SW. corner Miller Rd. and South St.; information bureau on Park Pl. N., April through October.|
|Motion Picture Houses: Three.|
|Swimming: Municipal pool, Burnham Park, seasonal rates; 250 for children, 50 for adults, lockers free; health certificate by local physician required.|
|Annual Events: Water carnival and ice carnival at Burnham Park; Firemen's Parade, October.|
It was once the boast of MORRISTOWN (400 alt., 15,197 pop.), a town with an extraordinary heritage from Revolutionary times, that within a radius of one mile from the Green lived more millionaires than in any other equal area in the world. It may not have been true. But this Colonial town is still marked by obvious signs of the extreme wealth brought here in the mauve decade and the years following.
Many of the millionaires long ago left for the more exclusive hills of nearby Bernardsville, Bedminster, Peapack, and Far Hills, where they could escape the annoyance of heavy automobile traffic. A number of the great houses were emptied during the depression, when the second generation was unable or unwilling to maintain them. Homes that cost hundreds of thousands were torn down to escape the burden of taxes, or sold at bargain prices (in one instance for less than the cost of the greenhouse) and remodeled on a smaller scale.
Today Morristown is being taken over by the well-to-do middle class. The change is welcomed by businessmen. As one banker commented, "It is better for Morristown to have 20 families in $15,000 or $20,000 homes than one millionaire on 20 acres."
Morristown spreads along both banks of the narrow Whippany River, partly occupying the shoulder of Mount Kemble, with a 597-foot peak, Fort Nonsense, in the city limits. Gillespie Hill is westward, Horse Hill to the north, and Normandy Heights to the east. From this snug setting roads radiate through the well-kept acres of gentlemen farmers to the surrounding communities.
Although only forty-fifth in size among the cities of New Jersey, Mor
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Publication information: Book title: New Jersey:A Guide to Its Present and Past. Contributors: Federal Writers' Project (N.J.) - OrganizationName. Publisher: The Viking Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 283.