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Record Group: Commission to Investigate and Report upon the Abandonment of Navigation of the Morris Canal
Series: Reports and Photographs, 1903
Accession #: 1979.005
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Guide Date:   3/1992 (JK); rev. 7/1997 (LHB)
Volume:  0.5 c.f. [1 box]

Contents | Images

Content Note

On 31 March 1903, the state legislature adopted a resolution to provide for the appointment of commissioners to investigate whether legislation should be enacted permitting the abandonment of navigation on the Morris Canal. The commission reported that the canal no longer had economic justification and recommended its abandonment. This series consists of: I.) the commissioners' report, II.) a brief prepared by the counsel of the Lake Hopatcong Protective Association in response to the investigation, and III.) Morris Canal Views... (a photographic supplement to the report, showing views of the canal from the Hudson to the Delaware).


Report of the Commissioners Appointed under Concurrent Resolution of March 31, 1903, To Investigate and Report Upon the Abandonment of Navigation of the Morris Canal, by George T. Werts, John W. Griggs, and Foster M. Voorhees, Commissioners.


In the Matter of the Investigation before Hon. George T. Werts, Hon. John W. Griggs and Hon. Foster M. Voorhees, Commissioners, Pursuant to a Concurrent Resolution of the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey (passed by the Assembly and concurred in by the Senate, March 31, 1903), to provide for the Appointment of Commissioners to examine into the report upon the question whether legislation should be enacted permitting the abandonment of navigation on the Morris Canal. Brief of Roderick Byington, Counsel of the Lake Hopatcong Protective Association, 12 August 1903.


Morris Canal Views: supplementing report, N. J. Commissioners to investigate the Morris Canal, 1903. Note: This photographic supplement to the commissioners’ report consists of 91 captioned 7 ½” x 9 ½” B&W prints showing the canal from Jersey City to Phillipsburg. The “views” were originally bound into an album, which has been dismantled for purposes of preservation. The images are arranged geographically, east to west from Jersey City to Phillipsburg. The captioning shown includes the original identifications as they appear on the album sheets, along with additional annotation in brackets provided in 1997 by James Lee and William Moss, directors of the Canal Society of New Jersey.

Page 1: Images 1-17, Jersey City to Bloomfield
Page 2: Images 18-32, East of Paterson to Montville
Page 3: Images 33-52, East of Boonton to Wharton
Page 4: Images 53-75, Ledgewood - West of Hackettstown
Page 5: Images 76-91, Near Port Colden - Phillipsburg

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Created September 2003