Phillipsburg, New Jersey

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Phillipsburg is located at the forks of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.  The Morris Canal started in Phillipsburg, and extended to Jersey City on the Hudson River.

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Facing the Delaware River

Not only was the river important to transportation and commerce, but the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway was significant to the history of the community.  Delaware River Railroad Excursions is based out of Phillipsburg.

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Union Square

Something about this stretch of downtown reminds me of Simon’s Town, in South Africa.  Phillipsburg “is no longer a common destination for durable goods on their way to and from America’s largest markets” (New Jersey Sklands,  Destination Phillipsburg).

Commerce was conducted on two rivers, three canals, five railroads, five streetcar and interurban railway companies, and numerous stagecoach, bus and truck enterprises.  Phillipsburg was also the terminus of two historic trans-New Jersey turnpikes, and the home of a number of manufacturing companies directly and heavily involved in transportation.

It has been selected to house the future New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center to preserve New Jersey history.

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4 Responses to Phillipsburg, New Jersey

  1. Susie says:

    So much interesting transportation history! And great buildings, I particularly like your shot of Union Square!

  2. socialbridge says:

    Union Square has wonderful buildings. Approximately when would they have been built?

    • Suzassippi says:

      I did not find much on that other than a photo that showed the same buildings as above (and looking pretty much the same) that was taken in 1912. The town itself goes back to late 1700s. I would estimate them (in my I am not a professional architectural historian judgment) to be around c. 1900, give or take a few years either side. They have done quite a lot of work on renewal of the downtown area.

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