New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past

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Trenton
Railroad Stations: Pennsylvania Station, S. Clinton Ave. near E. State St., for Penn. sylvania R.R.; Reading Station, N. Warren and Tucker Sts., for Reading R.R.
Bus Stations: Central Bus Terminal, 21 W. State St., for Greyhound Line, National Trailways System, Royal Blue Coaches and Pan American Bus Lines; 38 W. Front St. for Trenton-Philadelphia Coach Co.; Trenton Transit Co. Terminal, 132 Perry St., for interurban lines; 21 N. Willow St. for Trenton and Lambertville line.
Taxis: 25 to 85 according to distance by zones.
Busses: 10.
Traffic Regulations: Traffic lights throughout city. Signs designate parking time limit. No turns permitted at Broad and State Sts.; turns in either direction permitted elsewhere. Watch signs for one-way streets. Out-of-town motorists who break minor traffic laws get warning tag, which must be turned in at police station or to traffic officer, penalty imposed with third tag.
Accommodations: Two large hotels, several smaller ones, many boarding houses and tourist homes; no seasonal rates.
Information Service: Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Stacy-Trent, 51 W. State St.; Hotel Hildebrecht, 27 W. State St.
Radio Station: WTNJ (1280 kc.).
Motion Picture Houses: Eleven.
Golf: Sunnybrae course, 4 m. SE. on US 130, 18 holes, greens fee 50; Sat., Sun. and holidays $1.
Baseball: Dunn Field, Brunswick Ave., home of the Trenton Senators, New YorkPenn League.
Annual Events: Farm Show, January; State Fair, last week in September; Feast of Lights, religious festival in Italian colony, second Sat. and Sun. in September.

TRENTON (55 alt., 123,356 pop.), with a rich background as an early Quaker settlement and as the State capital, is primarily a manufacturing center. Residents are proud of its history, and there are plaques, monuments, and historic houses throughout the city. Nevertheless, Trenton chooses to identify itself by a sign almost as wide as Delaware River, fastened to the steel arches of the main highway bridge: "Trenton Makes -- The World Takes."

The city lies on a low plateau at the head of navigation on Delaware River. Thanks to the rocky channel and rapids (known from earliest settlement as the Falls) that have made commercial development impractical along most of the shore, the river front is bordered by the trees and grass of an extensive park, making a green backyard for the State buildings and for the western residential section.

Assunpink Creek, site of a Revolutionary battle, bisects the city, closely paralleled by the depressed main line tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Once this tributary of the Delaware was clear-flowing and tree-lined; it is

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Sponsors' Forewords v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xv
  • Maps xxi
  • General Information xxiii
  • Calendar of Events xxix
  • Part I - New Jersey: the General View 1
  • A New Jersey Silhouette 3
  • Natural Setting 7
  • Archeology and Indians 28
  • History 35
  • Government 55
  • Industry and Commerce 69
  • Labor 79
  • Agriculture 89
  • The Press 110
  • Racial and National Groups 118
  • Folklore and Folkways 126
  • Education 134
  • Religion 142
  • The Arts 151
  • Part II - Cities and Towns 187
  • Atlantic City 189
  • Bayonne 201
  • Bordentown 207
  • Burlington 216
  • Camden 225
  • Elizabeth 238
  • Freehold 250
  • Hackensack 256
  • Hoboken 262
  • Jersey City 270
  • Morristown 283
  • Mount Holly 292
  • New Brunswick 298
  • Newark 312
  • The Oranges and Maplewood 339
  • Passaic 345
  • Paterson 349
  • Perth Amboy 361
  • Princeton 370
  • Salem 390
  • Trenton 398
  • Part III - Tours 415
  • Part IV - Appendices 687
  • Bibliography 697
  • Index 705
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