THE NEW JERSEY POSTAL HISTORY SOCIETY was established in 1972, to study and explore the many aspects of New Jersey postal history.
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August 2017 Issue of the NJPH Journal
The Story of the Morris & Essex Railroad
by Don Bowe
First, a bit of New Jersey Railroad history…Colonel John Stevens is without a doubt the father of railroading in New Jersey, if not in this country. As early as 1809, he demonstrated the use of steam engines on a ferry, the Juliana, which ran between New York and Hoboken, and on ocean-going vessels. He watched with interest the development of a locomotive as early as 1803 by a Cornishman in Great Britain, followed by a locomotive designed by George Stephenson in 1814. In 1812, Stevens wrote a treatise entitled Documents tending to prove the superior advantages of railways and steam carriages over canal navigation. Read more.....
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