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Old 02-22-2010, 07:23 AM   #211
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This next stop was quite interesting.

I will break it up into two posts because of the number of things here.

The first part looks like the business of the owner of the house in the next post.
I am not positive on that though.



Bulldog Recycling.

Or Bulldog Pallet.

I could not find either one on the internet.

I tried to get the dog to ride my bike.



This dog is also carved out of a tree stump.

Here is a nice old steam shovel.



This is from across the street.



I hate to see these old machines rusting away.

But what else can you do ?

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Old 02-22-2010, 07:39 AM   #212
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In the third picture of the above post you can see this house with the purple trim.



Also note the purple car !

The statues on this cart out front change from time to time.



This picture below was taken in November at the same spot.



I am not sure if this is carved out of wood or not.





Or this.





I had to put some clothes on that one !

This is on the side of the house.



Quite interesting !!!

This was next to the garage.



It looks like it was a real dragster at some point in its life.

I could not find any information about this on the internet either.

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A little more traditional setting.

There were a couple of buildings here and I could not remember what was the actual tag so I took pictures of everything !



This is a reconstruction of an old Swedish Cabin.



Nice building built out of 400 year old lumber.



A clearer reading of this can be found here on Historical Marker DataBase.

Located at Hancocks Bridge, there is a lot of history in this area I never knew about.

This part of the Hancock House was built in 1728.



This brick part behind the 1728 section was built in 1734.



Some nice brickwork on the side.





This section of the house was built by William & Sarah Hancock,
whose family this town is named after.



Unfortunately for this place it has some sad history.



The British came here in the early morning of March 21, 1778 and bayonneted everyone in this house.



The inscription can be read here at Historical Marker DataBase.



Here is the text of this sign on Historical Marker DataBase.

Some more information about the massacre at AboutNewJersey.com.

This bridge was about 4 miles from this location.
This is the bridge that the colonists destroyed at which the British were frustrated and came here to Hancocks Bridge.



I missed this marker somehow about bridges at Hancock Bridge over the years !

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Old 02-22-2010, 09:56 AM   #214
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More history you say !



Fort Elfsborg.



I had no idea either.



I was told by a local that people use to come to this beach from all over the world to fish for weakfish.
Some local citizens put a stop to that and pretty much closed this nice little park down.

The fort itself is sumised to be out under the current water line.
What was once dry/marsh has been eroded and taken over by the upper Delaware Bay, or at this point is probably the Delaware River.

A Virtual Tour of New Netherland, as this area of New Jersey was originally called, has more information on this fort.

Wikipedia has a more detailed history about the actual fortification.



Why abandon the fort so quickly?
It had the nickname of "Fort Myggenborgh" being translated means "Fort Mosquito".

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I have seen quite a few turkeys in New Jersey over the past few years.

No, not our politicians !

But I have never seen one of these signs here before.



And I have never seen a wild tom turkey that big either.

This sign is a little odd too, especially for Southern New Jersey.


It wasn't that bad,
It was more like this.



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On to Salem, NJ.

First stop in Salem was Hudock's Custard.



They don't seem to have their own website, but HollyEats.com seems to like it.

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On to the old bridge on New Bridge Road.







Not some place I would like to go swimming in anyway!



There has apparently been a request for $4,000,000 to replace this bridge.

I could not find much information on this bridge,
but there is another one just like it on the northern end of the county that is being replaced.

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Into the actual town of Salem there is this old Salem Oak Tree.



Currently located in the Friends Meeting Cemetery in the center of town.



So according to this plaque this tree is at least 335 years old, but is estimated at over 400 years old.

According to Waymarking this tree was pretty significant in the early 19th century.

"In 1876, for example, a sapling from the venerable tree was planted in the First Presbyterian Church’s cemetery on Grant Street. Known as the Centennial Oak, the tree survives and thrives today. Fifty years later, in 1926, three of the oak’s progeny were planted along George Washington memorial Parkway near Washington, D. C., as part of the nation’s observance of its sesquicentennial. The following year, Charles Lindbergh flew over the tree in the "Spirit of St. Louis" as part of a national tour five months after his historic trans-Atlantic flight and dropped a message for the citizens of Salem. So revered is this tree that scarcely a branch or acorn touches the ground without it being gathered and preserved in some way. We know that souvenirs and commemorative items have been made from the wood of the tree for at least a century. These cherished objects are interesting for what they represent, like some relic that connects its possessor with the past in some tangible way."

I thought it was just a tree !

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The fourth part of this one tag was visible from Salem Oak.

Well, the top of it anyway !



First Presbyterian Church of Salem.



It was tough getting a full frontal picture of the church because it is so tall.



Thank you Photoshop !!!





I could not find a website for this either !

NJ.com

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Here are some other interesting places in Salem.



This is behind and to the right of the church.



This is looking down the sidewalk to the right of this picture.



Salem is quite an interesting town.

A lot of nice old buildings and some great history not just in the town, but also in Salem County.

This next picture is on Route 49 in town.

I can't remember what the person in the painting was doing, but I found it interesting.



This is painted on the building across the parking lot from the motel.
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Next stop was Finns Point (Rear) Range Lighthouse.



Built in 1876.



I had never heard of a range lighthouse before.
To stay in the shipping channel a large ship had to line up two lights for navigation up the river.



The picture on the right in the info sign below was the Front Range Lighthouse, which is no longer in existence.



With the technology of satellite GPS, lighthouses have become a thing of the past.

The river is still marked by buoys for shipping traffic to keep them withing the shipping channel.

History of this lighthouse.



These buildings were nearby and look to me like a Civil Conservation Corps Camp, but I don't remember seeing any signs.



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This guy (or gal?) did not need a lighthouse to tell them there was some biting to be done in the area.



NOT SHOWN ACTUAL SIZE ...... but close !

It was about 3/4 inch long.

The people at Fort Elfsborg would have had to deal with these too.

I am pretty sure this is a horse fly, and not one of our famous Green Heads.
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Next stop was Richman's Ice Cream.



OH MAN !!!!
This place was put up for auction on February 13th !!!!!

After 115 years of serving ice cream in Woodstown.

I found some history on NJ.com.

I guess they did not have their own website because I could not find one.

This particular building was built in 1947.

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Next stop was Cowtown Rodeo.



This is another one of those Muffler Men.

But this one is a cowboy.

They have a rodeo here every Saturday night from May thru September.

It is said to be the oldest weekly running rodeo in the United States.

They also have an Indoor/Outdoor Flee Market at this same location where you can buy just about anything, including cowboy hats and apparel.

That truck was parked where I needed to be to have him ride my bike.

I might not have ridden on their grass anyway because there is a State Police barracks across the street.

I will have to get back here and get some more pictures sometime.

There is a large cow behind where I took this picture, and there is some other interesting stuff here.

It looked like it was going to rain, so I was in a hurry at this point in my ride.

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Next stop was Penns Grove where they are building a park by the Delaware River.



Pretty impressive huh ??



Take a look at the picture on this link.

The park looks nothing like that !



I seriously doubt it ever will either.

Here is the plaque on that memorial



I guess nothing else notable happened around here except watching the Battleship USS New Jersey go upriver to its new home in Camden.



In the first picture you can barely see the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

There is not a very good scenic view to be found here with Wilmington across the river, a chemical plant down river, and an old army area up river.

I thought I took more pictures, but I could not find them.
Perhaps I was too underwhelmed to take any !


The reason it is so hard to see in the distance is because a storm was coming.
I thought I was going to miss it !
I'll just say here, I didn't.

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