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.
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.
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.