Raritan & Delaware Bay Railroad, Crossing Compton Creek & Church Road (Bounded Nort, Belford, Monmouth County, NJ
Photo Caption Pages
Crossing Compton Creek & Church Road (Bounded Nort, Belford vicinity, NJ
Find maps of Belford, NJ
Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER NJ-117
Building/structure dates: 1856 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1870 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1882 subsequent work
Significance: The former Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad line was significant to the history of the bay shore region of Monmouth Coutny as an important freight line that conveyed various products to market. The noted "financiers" Jay Gould and James Fisk, both important figures in the business history of the United States during the second half of the 19th century, were involved in the ownership and operation of this line during a substantial portion of its term of operation. The line was also important for the role it played as an ultimately unsuccessful opponent to the monopoly of cross-state traffic enjoyed by the powerful Joint Companies. The interests supporting the monopoly were dominant within the government of New Jersey during this period, and the Raritan and Delaware Bay's attempts to resist this power are important elements within the state's political and railroad history.
Tucher, Rob, Photographer
Hartwick, Carolyn L., Historian
Porter, Richard L., Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
Back to Belford vicinity, New Jersey