NJ Historical Fact of the Month – May 2010

by Alice Magdziak • May 4, 2010 • Third StateComments (0)1492

Known as the mountain-climbing canal, the Morris Canal overcame more elevation change than any other transportation canal in the world.

Wildlife have taken over as the only navigators of the Morris Canal.

From the Delaware River at Phillipsburg, the 102-mile long waterway climbed 760 feet to its summit near Lake Hopatcong; it then descended 914 feet to tidewater in Jersey City, for a total of 1,674 feet of elevation change.

Construction began in 1825 at Phillipsburg, and by 1836 it was completed in Jersey City.

-via the Encyclopedia of New Jersey (Rutgers University Press, 2004)

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