CSNJ March Meeting

Next Meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 21, 2014
 7:30 p.m. – Refreshments at 7:10
Morris County Cultural Center

The Joint Companies: Part Two

The D&R Canal and Camden &
Amboy Railroad


In part one we learned how the Delaware & Raritan Canal and the Camden and Amboy Railroad formed a joint company that created an enormously powerful transportation firm that dominated New Jersey business and politics for almost 40 years. In this talk we will look at the canal and the railroad in detail to see how they worked, what made them different, and how they fit into the growing web of business and technology that was changing the way the world worked.
We will also find out what happened to the Joint Companies after their monopoly privileges expired in 1869 and how the canal has transitioned into a new and important role in today's changing world.

Joe Macasek is a self-employed graphic designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from the Pratt Institute. He is currently President of the Canal Society of New Jersey; President of the Roebling Chapter, Society for Industrial Archeology; and Director of Communication for the Friends of Historic Speedwell. He is the author of Guide to the Morris Canal in Morris County and offers lectures on local history topics and industrial archeology.

Directions to the Morris County Cultural Center

From the Morristown Green, turn right onto Washington St (County Route 510, formerly NJ Route 24). Travel 3.5 miles west toward Chester. Pass the roads to the Delbarton School and Lewis Morris County Park on the left. After the curve and long white picket fence, look for a sign for the MUA on the right, pointing toward the driveway, which is marked by a street light and lighted directional sign. Make a sharp left turn and drive uphill to a Spanish-style stucco building at the top. Parking is in the lot to the left at the top of the hill. Once inside the main entrance hall of the Cultural Center, the auditorium is to the left. Restrooms are upstairs, with elevator access.

From Route 287 South, take Exit 35, Madison Ave. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Madison Ave (Route 124). Bear right at the next light onto South Street, continue straight through a series of traffic lights and around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St. (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.

From Route 287 North, take Exit 35, South Street/Madison Ave. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto South St, continue straight through several lights and travel around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St, (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.