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This is a photograph of an early trolley that passed through Ho-Ho-Kus. The trolley was operated by the North Jersey Rapid Transit Co. which ran from 190 to 1929. The photograph is labeled 1910.

This is a photograph of one of the mills that was once located in Ho-Ho-Kus along the brook. It is not specified which mill is in the photograph but it could be any one of the following: Rosencrantz Cotton Mill, Brookdale Bleachery, the Paper Mill…

Attached is a blue print of the North Jersey Rapid Transit Line Co. Headquarters. The drawing gives the reader a good idea of how the trolley lines operated. The Bergen County trolley lines ran through Ho-Ho-Kus between 1910 and 1929. The Public…

This is a photograph of the North Jersey Rapid Transit Co. headquarters located in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. When it was first built, this was the largest building in town. The trolley lines ran through Ho-Ho-Kus between 1910 and 1929 allowing customers to…

The North Jersey Rapid Transit Co. Trolley car is depicted passing through Main St. in Allendale, N.J. on the same line that ran through Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.

This is a picture of the present day Right of Way path that was once where the trolley tracks were located, specifically the area that is not covered in snow is likely exactly where the tracks were. The trolley stopped in East Paterson (Elmwood…

The Chester Railroad Company was critical to the expansion of the iron industry in Chester. Stations such as this afforded both experienced and novice miners easy access to the thirty eight mines opened in the area.

The Chester Furnace was the centerpiece of the iron mining industry in the area. Unlike other area furnaces, The Chester Furnace was state of the art. While other furnaces relied on charcoal, The Chester Furnace relied upon anthracite fuel, which…

This snapshot of Chester circa 1880 provides a look at daily life at the time before the first mine shafts were opened. We clearly see Chester's importance as a travel hub, as the stagecoach is waiting to either take on or let off passengers at the…

Track guage is defined as the amount of distance between two railroad rails. The train's gear, or undercarriage, must be a compatible width and wheel size. In May of 1886 the Pennsylvania Railroad and the southern railroads agreed upon a national…

This is a 1930's photograph of East Railway Avenue, Paterson. The trolley tracks are clearly visible.

This image is believed to have been taken at 21st Avenue and Railroad Avenue, Paterson in the 1930s, judging from the position of the railroad tracks, the building in the background and the model of the cars.

This document listed as form number 228 is a Declaration of Intention (An Alien about to Depart). The form lists the place and date of birth, occupation, purpose of travel, and destination of Josef Szabo. The form also lists references who presumably…

This document was issued and signed by the American Consulate Mission in Budapest, Hungary. The document signed by Josef Szabo attests to his understanding of the Immigration Act of February 1917, and his swearing to obey the laws and authorities of…

This is the official declaration of intent to renounce his Hungarian citizenship and become a citizen of the United States of America by Sandor Zsakoi. The document lists details including his date of birth, the name of his wife, her address in…

A length of heavy grade railroad rail found outside of the Chester Blast Furnace.

Railroad spikes would fasten the heavy iron railroad tracks to the ground. Larger spikes were commonly used on standard grade railroad tracks and smaller spikes would be used in constructing railcar switches.

Upon removing the ore from the earth, Chester's early miners would need to load the raw minerals from the railroad cars into the blast furnace. Overhead gliders, attached to rails on the blast furnace facility's ceiling would guide containers full of…

The railroads were an extremely critical component of the iron mining industry. Large sized railroad spikes were used in railroad switches, as were the large metal connector plates. The large size of the spikes was desirable due to the intricate…

Weighing close to twenty pounds, these links kept rail cars in position while they were loaded with iron extracted from the mines.

Advertisement from Danforth Locomotive and Machine Company in Paterson, New Jersey. During the Industrial Revolution, Paterson, New Jersey had many companies that manufactured locomotive parts. Danforth Locomotive and Machine Company was a major…

Grant Locomotive Works manufactured steam railway locomotives from the years of 1867 to 1895. Their first production facility was located in Paterson, New Jersey. They later opened a plant in Chicago, Ilinois. They built 1,888 locomotives. The…
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