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Old 04-14-2013, 04:04 AM   #1201
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Beings we did not get the Tag we decided to go look at the Quakertown Farmers Market.



This place has been around since 1932.

The long grey strip in the middle of the picture is the building from 1949.



The building today is the same with some outside cosmetics as you saw in the first picture.

They have outside vendors as well when the weather is warmer.

This guy is their logo.



They have 120 stores inside.



Kind of like an old Mall !



There are two aisles running the length of the building with stores on both sides.

They even had an indoor slot car racing track.



One thing I was surprised about was the ramps inside the building hallways on the East side !





I would think that would be a safety hazard !
Today, not back in 1932 of course !!!!!

I can not imagine taking one of those shopping carts up or down that !

But then again, I live in FLAT South Jersey !!!

And don't forget the Easter Bunny.
And his giant chocolate minions.



These costumes just look creepy to me for some reason.
Perhaps it is the puffy partially closed eyes and the goofy grin.
Makes it look like he is up to something or on something.

Here is the land grant for the land the Quakertown Farmers Market stands on today.



Signed by one of William Penn's sons.



I have heard of the Callowhill Section of Philadelphia and Callowhill Street in Philadelphia for many years.
I never knew the name came from William Penn's wife Hannah Callowhill.
Ya learn something new every day !

And when I saw this I was seriously tempted to get a hair cut !!!





Quakertown Farmers Market
Click on "about us" for some of their history.

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Old 04-14-2013, 04:10 AM   #1202
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The rest of the day we spent riding and we stopped to see my mom and then headed home.

Got to see a nice sunset.











I must say these were enhanced slightly, but that is pretty much what we saw.

Nice ending to a nice day of riding.
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Moving into April 2013 we headed out after a nice day at church to the town just south of Camden, NJ.



A nice big old building on the Delaware River.





Just south of the Walt Whitman Bridge.



I posted pictures of the Walt Whitman back on page 20.
Some of my pictures I took from this same spot.

Traffic was a little slow on the bridge for some reason.
You can't even see the cars moving in this picture !





A big cargo ship at a port in Philadelphia.
I am always amazed at how tall they actually are when empty.



At the pier here, which is behind those square flower pots in the picture above, they are going to do some more building.





The sign by the road said this was Gloucester City Sail.
The sign on the door of the nice old mansion says this:



I love the lamps.

Seems this is a popular landing track for Philadelphia International Airport !





Gloucester City was a big place back in the day.
Just like Camden was.
So there was, and is, a lot that happened in this area.

When I looked up Gloucester City Sail this is what I found.

"Gloucester City Sail, Inc. (GCS) is a non-profit agency whose main mission is to serve the youth of the area through a maritime training program....
The "North Wind" is a steel two-masted schooner. The vessel is U.S. Coast Guard registered and inspected to carry up to 41 passengers on board. She is berthed at "Freedom Pier" (the old Coast Guard Station) at the foot of Cumberland Street in Gloucester City, NJ."

I did not see the North Wind here last Sunday.
Perhaps it is harbored elsewhere for the winter months.

Here is the Gloucester City Sail website.

The Freedom Pier looks like they are trying to make the area a nice place once again.

The large mansion here was a Coast Guard station until the 1990's.
I had no idea they had Coast Guard Stations inland like this !
I found that here along with some other great history on Gloucester City.

Apparently the Coast Guard used this building for 90 years!
It is currently occupied by Holt Logistics Corp.
Also found that here on CNBNEWS.NET.

A website by VetFriends on the Coast Guard Base here in Gloucester City.

And a nice YouTube video showing pictures from when this was a Coast Guard Base.
They say it was closed in 1986.
Some great pictures on that video.

The Coast Guard moved over the Delaware River into Philadelphia, PA.

I am finding information I want to look into further when I get the time.
Some are saying this was an Immigration Station.
Some say this was a WWII German Internment Camp.

I had no idea of the history of this place while I was there.

It is a nice building.



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On our way home we stopped and dropped the Tag in West Collingswood at their old train station.



A little closer look at the front with a real camera, or is this the back !





The left side has a nice fancy porch.



The above picture was taken almost exactly three years ago !
All the rest were from our current ride.



The back side, or is it the front side? Looks a little less kept up.



And there are still tracks along side the station.



You can see the top of the station on the right down the tracks.



The Haddon sign is on the same side of the tracks as the station.
The Collingswood sign is on the other side of the tracks.



The map says the station is still in West Collingswood.
The signs say this is Haddon Township.
A little confusing to me !

On the corner I turned at is a memorial.



Does the building across the street look familiar?

That is the Champion School I posted on page 31.

Here is the front of the memorial.
You can see the station on the right.





I have no idea who J. Raymond Chard is.
Neither does the internet apparently !!!!





When I got back to my bike my wife was letting this little girl sit on it.



Even though she does not look it, she was happy.
Her dad said she loved motorcycles.
He looked happier.
I think she was just scared !

We never took our helmets off ! OOoops !

Not much information online about this station either !!!

Waymarking has the most information I could find.

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:37 PM   #1205
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Took a ride to Roebling, NJ again.

This time for murals painted on the side of a building.



These are all bridges that Roebling Ironworks made suspension cables for.

Cincinnati-Covington Bridge in 1867.

Cincinnati, Ohio to Covington, Kentucky

Brooklyn Bridge 1883

Brooklyn, NY to Manhattan, NY

Manhattan Bridge 1909

Just up river from the Brooklyn Bridge it connects the same areas.

Charles Roebling born 1819 died 1915


Interresting that his Obituary says he was 69 years of age when he died,
and the mural seems to be saying he was 96.
Perhaps those dates mean something else.
What is weird is that he has several different dates given for his birth and death !!! ???
Perhaps that is a 4 and should be born 1849 and died in 1915, but that is still not 69 years.
It appears he was born in 1849 and died in 1918.

St. Johns 1931

Portland, Oregon.

George Washington Bridge 1932

Fort Lee, NJ to Manhattan, NY

Golden Gate Bridge 1937

San Francisco, CA

All painted by M. Docktor


An artist in Pennington, NJ, which is near Princeton.
This is the only website I could find.

Next to the last one on the right is a hair salon.



With stained glass scissors.





The front of this building is a grocery store.





Also considered historic.
Originally called the Roebling General Store.



They even still have a Western Union sign.



On the far side of the building they have a date of construction of 1905.





I could not find anything online about these nice murals.

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:02 PM   #1206
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While we were in Roebling I could see a previous Tag,
which is a statue of Charles G. Roebling in a small circle at the center of the town.





I now notice the dates on the base !



The building in the background here is the left side of the Grocery Store.



Facing the other direction in the circle is a war memorial.
The General Store is on the left.
The Main Gate building is straight ahead.





I find the pose a little odd.



But apparently the birds like it !





That is the only one I did not clean up before posting !


This is a side view with the town he created in the background.



The statue was placed here in 2008 to commemorate Roeblings 100th anniversary.

This statue was also made by Morris Docktor, the man who also painted the Bridge Murals.

I did find some info here at Roebling.org.

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Around this area were some interesting buildings.

I am guessing this is an old Hotel, which is probably currently apartments.
This is caddy corner to the Bridge Murals.

And someone is not out riding their scooter !!!



At the circle the buildings on the corners had their corners angled.
This one looks like an old bank.



The Grocery Store was done the same way, in the previous post.

Then there is the U.S. Post Office.



Then looking back down toward the Main Gate Building.

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Like I mentioned earlier, I had never been in the actual town of Roebling before.

I showed pictures of the Main Gate building back on page 29, but that was the back side.
This is the front side facing the residential area.



This is only a couple of blocks from the General Store and Bridge Murals.



This gate lead to the factory complex.



Many workers came through here going to and from work in the steel mills.



No flag flying high today.





I was amazed at how long the building was.
They probably had offices in there.



Off to the left of the garage looking building you can see where some of the mills were.



They are currently cleaning up this area.



Today the Main Gate building is a museum.

Here is a cross section of a suspension bridge cable.



Had to be at least 2 1/2 feet in diameter.
The back is covered with plywood, but you can see strands on the side.

Back on the right side you can see the old train station that I posted on page 29.



To the right of that is a rail system which looks like it was used for a crane.



Looking back from the other direction.
I took these as we were leaving.

You can see a diesel switcher engine next to the crane.
That shows how big this place was.
The yellow, dirty yellow, thing with wheels on the right is a huge fork lift.
And you can also see how tall that flag pole is on the Main Gate building.



These are some of the items down on this end of the crane.

Huge smelting pots.





I am guessing a fly wheel.



I need to get back here when the museum is open.

Very interesting place with some great history.



Here is a link for Roebling Museum.

Here is a link back to my post on page 29 with some other links as well.

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Down by the river.

The Delaware River.



More memorials.







The shipping channel does come up this far and just a little bit further.
But after that the Delaware River is not navigable by large ships.





And don't forget the porta-pottie down by the river side !



You can see the red roof of the gazebo when you look at the map so I will not post a location for this.
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There were several other places I wanted to stop around here.

This was one of them and it was right down the street.



I had passed this before but never thought much about it.



I guess because it was a bar.



But I did not realize who was riding that bike.



I didn't realize it until I took a closeup of the rider !!!!



Elvis has left the building !!!!



Murphy's Sports Tavern & Grill is now closed and the building is for sale.

Who knows what will become of Elvis !

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I missed the roads I was looking for for a couple of other things I wanted to see.

Oh well, there's always another day to .

We stopped at my brother's house to say HI !

I was looking for someplace for a new Tag but I wanted to move it further than Burlington.
While we were at my brother's he told me about this old tavern from the 1700's he had just seen.
He thought it was from the Revolutionary War era.

So after bugging him for a little bit we headed on our way to see this old place.





1795
Not quite the Revolution, but close enough.
Interesting old place.

A view of the back.



And from the other side.



Some water reservoir back behind the house.



Looking down the road you can see a Railroad Crossing.
Behind that you can see a body of water. That is the Delaware River.



Just before the tracks on the left is a parking lot.
That is where this Tavern House was originally built.

The car on the other side of the tracks is a security guard.



I had originally gone past this building to see what was up the road.
As I passed the security person started rolling down their window.
I had to back up a bit.
They asked where I was going.
I said, Just looking around.
She said, You don't want to go down there.
I said, Oh, private property?
She said, No, you are safe on this side of the tracks, but I would not go down there.


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I still don't know why.
If you look on the map all that is down there are some old oil tanks and some out buildings. No houses.

Oh well. I'm not pushing my luck !

So, back to the building we went and took all of these pictures.

As you can see by the pictures this building has had a rough life here.
And their website says this was just recently renovated !!!

I wonder how many people have gone through that door over the years !



There was a nice cove here back before man could destroy it.
There is an island just down river, which is now a cargo truck terminal along with some oil tanks.

The cove here was originally called Steele's Bay after a man who originally settled here in the 1700's. No date given.
Later they called it Stone's Cove after a farmer who farmed this area.

A man named Thomas Hood actually built this house around the date that is on the plaque. Between 1792 to 1795.
He later sold it to a Fish House Company.
Quite a long history. So here is the link under "Fish House History"
The Vennell name did not come into this house's history until 1867.

It is also said that Walt Whitman came here when it was a tavern.

Here is an older picture of this same building.



What possessed them to stucco the outside !!!

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A week later we had our church Throttling UP ride to Cape May, NJ.

It rained all through Friday night, but in the morning the storm was just clearing out about an hour before we planned on leaving.
So out the door we went !

Many people chickened out.

Wound up with three bikes and six people.



Picked up one more along the way.
And lost them pretty quickly !!!!



Unfortunate for sure.
I felt so bad.
But I took pictures anyway !



Hey, his wife was taking pictures too !

It was getting close to lunch so we decided to go to the church that we were going to spend time with.



And they were making our lunch too !







I should have taken a picture of the spread they had out for us instead of my lonely two cheeseburgers and Frito's.
But they were very good. Trust me !

We had a great lunch and a great time of fellowship and a wonderful devotional.

Then back on the road to our destination that we were headed to before our shoulder of the road parking incident.

I posted a lot of this on the last page, page 80.
So I will try not to repeat myself too much.
When we were here in March there were cranes on the beach, but they were not there now.



And of course the Cape May Lighthouse.



With a nice little museum with stuff inside and out.







We walked up and down the ramps they had here to get to the beach.
Felt like we were in a cattle chute !!!!



There is a nice beach here.
And I believe that this one is still free.

Well, they are always free when you can not wear a bathing suit outside.







If you remember I mentioned WWII Fort Miles on page 80.
That thing on the beach is one of the Gun Batteries that were here in Cape May.



Here is information at the site.



At least read the first sentence below !



The beaches keep shifting down in Cape May County.
And Hurricanes like Sandy do not help.

A lot of the sand that washes away here winds up in Wildwood just north of here.





So back on the bikes and off to Sunset Beach.

We have been here before and it is on my 2009-2011 Map under "Lighthouse, Cape May Lighthouse"

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Then on down to Sunset Beach where the Concrete Ship S.S. Atlantus is.



Also posted on page 80.

We walked onto the beach and I was surprised by the number of baby Horseshoe Crabs that were down by the water.



The black thing is my boot.
These were very young crabs.

There were other crabs here trying to take advantage of them because most of them were on their backs from being washed up by the waves.



And they apparently have aliens down here also !!!



Who would ride around in a getup like that ?





This is all that is left of that Mangnesite plant I mentioned also.
I never realized what that was there for before.



I posted the Fire Control Tower also on page 80.
That was behind us.



The water tower is off to the left of the above picture.

I had wanted to see that Eternal Flame memorial I had missed in March.
So we stopped at the tower so I could get some pictures.





And there behind the tower it was.



It was not as big as I thought it was.



But it was a nice memorial none the less.






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A couple of weeks before Memorial Day we went out to lunch after church and took a ride to Ocean City.
Before the "shoobies" get down there !

We had lunch at Riviera Pizza in Medford.



He likes Formula 1 Racing according to the pictures on the walls.

We have been here twice and have always had a good meal and good service.
I wish I had taken a picture of the outside.
But I can remedy that soon.

(Remedied)


Saw our reflection in the door as we were leaving.



Stopped to get gas.



And headed down the shore.

I had been wanting to see this.





A nice 3D mural of Noah's Ark at Ocean City Tabernacle.







Apparently behind this wall is their nursery.











The animals were donated by Gillilan's Wonderland Pier in Ocean City.
I posted pictures of that on page 48.








They have some nice gardens out front with some beautifully full Cherry Blossoms.



There are several plaques with areas dedicated to I believe the pioneers of the Ocean City Tabernacle.

Hard to believe this tree is still alive with it's trunk laying on the ground.





They also have a nice bell tower on the side.







I found this on Roadside America.

Here is the Ocean City Tabernacle website.

I did not realize that Ocean City was started as a Camp Meeting and Christian Resort !!!



"September 10, 1879, brothers Ezra B. Lake, S. Wesley Lake, James E. Lake,
and an associate, William H. Burrell, all Methodist clergymen, sailed to "Peck's Beach."
With Rev. William B. Wood and Simon Lake (the brothers' father, who mortgaged the
farm for the initial purchase), they established a "Christian Seashore Resort," the
island city that would become Ocean City, New Jersey."
Found on Ocean City Tabernacle's website under "About Us" "Our History"

We had a nice ride down and back.
Some great roads out in that direction.

Well, without Summer Traffic of course !!!

And just in case you were wondering what a shoobie is.

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Across the street is the Ocean City War Memorial.



The gold dome in the background is Ocean City High School.







It is just a shame we have to have these kinds of memorials.
Too much fighting going on between peoples.





I did not see plaques for the Gun or Anchor.
Although now I see one in the picture above !!!

On our way out and on the mainland is Somers Mansion.
After the removal of the traffic circle that was at this location.



I posted pictures on page 18 when they were doing construction to remove the circle.
I also have some pictures on page 2 from before construction.

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