Remembering The Past: Enterprising South Amboy-1901

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Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-From material given to me by Anne (Dowdell) and Bruce Richmond: THE ENTERPRISING BOROUGH OF SOUTH AMBOY is situated in the Southeastern part of Middlesex county, New Jersey, about 30 miles from New York and 60 miles from Philadelphia. It is but one mile from Perth Amboy, across the mouth of the Raritan River, and 11 miles from New Brunswick, the county seat.

It is favored with excellent railroad facilities, being on the New York and Long Branch Railroad, the Amboy Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Raritan River Railroad. Trains on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Central roads run from here direct to Elizabeth, Newark and New York and trains on both these roads run through here to Red Bank, Asbury Park and Long Branch.

Trains on the Amboy Division of the Pennsylvania road run direct to Jamesburg, Burlington, Camden and Philadelphia, connecting Jamesburg with trains to Freehold and Long Branch one way and for Princeton and Trenton the other way.

The Raritan River road runs direct from South Amboy to South River and New Brunswick. It is located at the confluence of the Raritan River and Raritan Bay.

At the Monmouth docks here is deposited all the coal that is shipped over the Amboy Division of the Pennsylvania road by several of the largest mining companies of the Pennsylvania coal regions. The coal is loaded on vessels at these docks and consigned to all parts of the world and employment is given to large numbers of men both at the docks and in the yards of the railroad company.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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