The Morris Canal

This negative had a piece of tape on it labelled "Morris Canal." Trying to pin down an exact location, I searched the web and discovered the Canal Society of New Jersey. I sent them my photo:

The Society's Webmaster Bob Hoffman got back to me with the following information:

Mr. Payne,

I believe the location of the Morris Canal photo you have sent is on the borderline of Paterson-Clifton, specifically present day Broad St and Belgrade Ave. I say this because your photo appears to have been taken from the opposite view of a photo I have on file. (see below)

That photo shows the Morris Canal after abandonment with some water left still flowing under the Broad St. bridge. Notice the RR telegraph poles similarity. The RR is Delaware, Lacakawanna & Western and the tracks are just on the approach into the now gone Paterson Station. In fact the location today is entirely changed. This old RR canal right-of-way is now Rte 19 highway north on its approach to connect with Route 80 at the base of Garrett Mountain. I believe in your photo the Garrett Rock profile can be seen passing behind the girders of the RR bridge in the distance. The bridge was for the passage of the canal under the RR, as you see it bends to the right in the distance The canal then paralleled the RR on the opposite side (North Side) through Paterson then returning back to this side in what is now West Paterson. Up the hill to the left some ways across Valley Road is Lambert Castle.

Broad St. later was cut under the RR by a bridge and connected to Hazel Road. The RR bed was then utilized for completion of Rte 19 around 30 years ago.

Mr. Hoffman sent me the following photo from Society archives, which he believes was taken from the Railroad tracks on the embankment in Grandpa's photo, facing the opposite direction:

And, seeing Mr. Hoffman's photo, I realized that one of Grandpa's photos was of the exact same Railroad crossing, shot from the opposite direction of that photo:

Thanks to Mr.Hoffman, and the other Society members who helped pin down the location.

This detective work is fun!

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