As you will notice I have this tendency to ride to old tags placed in the Tag-O-Rama games here in New Jersey.
I do this mostly to get more practice riding by going to different places all the time.
I also enjoy sight seeing like this.
Riding to interesting places and finding out about the history of those places.
And New Jersey is great in this respect.
It was settled quite early in American history and it has been a hot bed of invention and creativity over the years.
The same day I went to Apple Pie Hill I did some other old tags that were on dirt/sand roads.
Here is an all Recycled Plastic Bridge designed by Rutgers.
Here is Rutgers "Final Technical Report"
about the project. (Has been removed.)
Here is some other information I found to replace it.
This bridge crosses the Mullica River in the Wharton State Forest section of the Pine Barrens.
There are many pretty scenic areas in New Jersey believe it or not.
And not all are down here in the Pine Barrens.
Down the river from this spot there was an Iron Furnace built in 1765 at what is called Atsion.
The name Atsion is said to come from Atsionk or Atsayonk, meaning "Indians nearby."
Here is what is left of one of the furnace buildings.
I am guessing this is not the smelting furnace chimney.
Those were usually a lot bigger in size and next to the river or a sluce.
When looking at the chimney in this direction the river is off to the left.
However, this was one of the first Iron Furnaces in New Jersey, so it is possible that this was their smelting furnace.
Here is looking at the floor of the old mill towards the chimney.
Here is the port into the chimney.
There are not too many native rocks in Southern New Jersey.
I call it a big sand bar.
These rocks look like the bog iron ore rocks that they smelted to get the iron out of.
Here is some more info on this area here
As with most of the furnaces built in the Pinelands this one also provided iron materials for the Colonial Army during the Revolution.
Here is a more typical iron furnace from another park in New Jersey.
While we are here at Atsion I might as well show you the mansion built here in 1826 by the owner Samuel Richards as a summer home.
This building was in very poor shape for years.
They are currently restoring it.
Looks pretty nice now.
State Tag #61 Plastic Bridge
State Tag #232 Atsion Mill
SJT 33 Atsion Mansion
Recycled Plastic Bridge @
Atsion Iron Furnace Chimney @
Atsion Mansion @