PC's Adventures in Pictures

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  1. PC-Rider

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    On our way out of Asbury Park we pass another previous Tag, #424 Splash Park.

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    The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park was also another early place where Bruce Springsteen played.

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    Asbury Park has a lot of history.
    It is someplace I need to come back to and check out closer.
  2. PC-Rider

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    I planned this next stop because of it's design.

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    I am actually surprised this survived Hurricane Sandy last year.

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    Simply named WindMill, it is mostly known for it's Hot Dogs, but they sell other foods too.

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    I had walked out into the road and stood on the median.
    I was a little surprised, but not really, when I saw the green carpet here to imitate grass ! :lol3

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    Looks like their carpet needs mowed ! :rofl

    This is on the other corner to the left of the WindMill.

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    Back to the WindMill.
    They were closed up for the off season.
    Just like pretty much every thing else down the shore.

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    I had not notice the balcony above the restaurant was usable.
    There were picnic tables up there.
    I thought it was just a decoration !

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    This is their original building in Long Branch, NJ founded in 1964.
    They have several other locations, but none look anything like this.
    We passed a couple more in this shore area and they mostly looked like plain store fronts.

    The WindMill: Gourmet Fast Food.

    A little more info on Wikipedia.

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  3. PC-Rider

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    I had been wanting to see this place up close for quite a while.

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    We had ridden by here a couple of times over the past few years but never had the time to stop.

    This is the Twin Lights of Navasink Lighthouse in Highlands, NJ.

    I had originally planned this ride starting in the west and heading east and ending with the Diner-saur,
    but when I found out that this place closed it's gates at 4:30 I decided to flip the route and start in the east.
    The other way we would have gotten here just about 4:30, barring any unforseen circumstances (TRAFFIC !).

    So, Twin Lights?, here is the other one.

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    The parking lot is behind the lighthouse.
    And there was a lot to see here. :evil
    So I will make several posts.

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    As you will see better later there are two lights at this lighthouse.
    One was stationary and the other rotated.
    It was a major lighthouse to the entrance of New York Harbor.
    The tops are identical, but the bases are different.
    The south tower has a square base and the north tower has an octagon base.

    First stop was the old generator room which was built when they switched the lights from oil to electricity in 1898.

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    The original light from the south tower is located in this building.

    It was rotating while on display.

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    This is a fresnel lens made up of many prisms.

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    Interesting how this lens actually works to magnify the light.

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    The light output on display was pretty impressive.
    Especially when you realize that all they have for light are three 40 watt energy efficient light bulbs behind it !
    This is looking through the gap between the two lenses.

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    Sorry for the reflection of the windows.
    The entire lens was in a glass case.

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    I would think this would be dangerous for your eyes !

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    This is from a lifeguard station nearby.
    You can see the light in the background in its display case.

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    At the entrance to New York Bay.
    Lights have been in use here since 1746 but that was only a warning light and not on all the time.
    The original Lighthouse was built in 1828.
    The First Fresnel Lens in the United States was used here at Navasink.
    The current lighthouse was built in 1860.
    It was the first lighthouse in the United States to use electricity in 1898.
    The electricity originally came from a generator.
    The Fresnel Lens installed generated 25,000,000 candlepower. (different numbers have been given)
    The North Tower had a fixed white light, and there was a flashing (rotating) white light in the South Tower.
    Also at this location was set up the first permanent wireless telegraph in 1899 by Marconi.
    The first radio beacon was also established at this location in 1917 for WWI.
    The first experiments in radar were done here before WWII.
    The lighthouse was last used in 1949.
    Which is confusing also because it apparently had some use until 2007.

    Hard to believe that just this lens weighs 10 tons !
    And is still able to rotate that easily.

    You will see some pictures of some of this as we go through.
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    Walking around the lighthouse counterclockwise you can now see both lights.
    The Powerhouse is the building on the left.

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    This is looking out onto NJ-36 which we came in on to get here.

    Sandy Hook is to the left, we came in from the right.

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    The best composite I could get from three pictures I took of the front.

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    Love the Twin lights at Navesink... That was one of the tags I grabbed in the GSTOR game...:deal :freaky
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    In the center of the front of the lighthouse is this old cannon.

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    Which has a history all of its own.
    They call it the Twin Light Mystery Cannnon !

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    Off to the right of the front of the lighthouse is where some of the radio and radar experiments were done.

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    One of our riders in the Garden State Tag-O-Rama is a Pilot for ships entering into this area.
    I had wondered if he was out there this day getting onto one of these ships waiting to enter the harbor.

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    The North Tower.

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    What can be seen from the view ....if it weren't for the trees !

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    One of the guy anchor bases for the wireless radio tower of 1902.
    The tower can be seen on the left in the photo above.

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    The original lighthouse was near the current North Tower.

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    It is not easy getting a picture of the front of this lighthouse.

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    The ground slopes quickly, as you can see I am already over the hill ! :gerg
    Plus there is a fence below that, so this is about as good as it gets from the ground.
    Without Photoshop ! :evil
    Or a Fisheye Lens !!!

    This is the North Tower.

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    This is the old Spermaceti Cove Lifesaving Station which was one of the first in the United States. They moved up here to preserve it.
    Hey, it's their word, not mine ! :huh

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    And thus I wind up back at the parking lot.

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    Which I forgot to mention that we picked up another rider on our way here.
    We got to meet Bill.
    He rides extensively and read about this ride and waited in a parking lot between the WindMill and the Twin Lights.
    I had noticed we were being followed, but I thought it was someone else.
    Turns out he also rides a Triumph ! :thumb

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    Twin Lights of Navasink on Lighthouse Friends .com.

    Wikipedia

    Seems there was a movie made using this as a backdrop for the story !
    "The Twin Lights of the Navasink Highlands", put out in 2010.

    Apparently this lighthouse goes by other names as well:
    Navasink Lighthouse
    Twin Lights
    Navasink Twin Lights
    But the Twin Lights of Navasink pretty much spells it all out !

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  8. PC-Rider

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    We stopped at the bottom of the hill to see another previous Tag.

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    Another place I was surprised survived Hurricane Sandy because this place has been here since 1917.

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    Bahrs Landing Famous Sea Food Restaurant, Highlands, NJ.

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    I am sure the neon was not here in 1917.

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    Actually the original establishment was founded upon a beached houseboat.

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    They had this nice rolling sign out in the parking lot.

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    Bahrs Landing
    You can read this and more on their "Our History" tab on the left. "Our founder John Bahrs, the
    son of a tall ship captain, and his wife Florence, had their beginning in Newark where they owned
    and operated a small neck tie manufacturing business. One year they had a robbery and their entire
    supply of silk was wiped out, causing the business to fold. They sold what equipment they had left
    and headed for a new endeavor. This brought them to Highlands where they purchased a beached
    houseboat being used as sport fisherman's motel as well as a rowboat rental business. The
    houseboat structure still remains.
    "

    Where the houseboat structure is I could not tell.

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  9. PC-Rider

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    The actual Tag here was this building next door, which is part of Bahrs Landing.

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    Mobys
    Or as they list it on the internet: Mobys Deck or Mobys Lobster Deck.

    That is one happy Lobster !

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    And you can have a Whale of a time for under Four Clams !

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    It is almost under the NJ-36 bridge we came in on.

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    Bahrs Landing is to the left of Mobys.

    Mobys Deck

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    One of the reasons I wanted to stop at Bahrs was to get some pictures of the Twin Lights of Navasink from below.

    So I walked up the exit ramp and onto the NJ-36 bridge.

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    Which is interesting in it's own right.

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    I really don't know who is going to see this nice art work flying by at 50 mph !
    Well, I guess I did ! :D

    The Twin Lights were behind me on the hill.

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    Not as picturesque as I had hoped for.
    Too many trees.
    And no fall foliage yet ! :cry

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    Looking South at the terminus of the Navasink River, you can see where it comes out on the right.
    To the left of the island is the Atlantic Ocean.
    Strait ahead just past the Navasink River between the island and the mainland is Shrewsbury Bay.

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    Looking North at Sandy Hook.

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    Not much visible from here either.

    On the other side of the road is a nice DoughBoy Statue remembering those who served from Highlands, NJ.

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    To get to the lighthouse you take the road going up the hill to the right in the background of the picture above.
    I did not realize how steep it was until we road up it.
    And then down.
    It was pretty narrow and I was hoping no cars, or TRUCKS, were trying to use the road at the same time !

    And there is the group waiting patiently for me !
    As usual ! :D

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    Bill, who had joined us, was a local.
    He suggested a nicer route to our next stop than I had on my GPS.
    So, Bill leads.

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    A nice road with some nice views.

    The dark gray line on the horizon is New York City, more specifically I believe it is Brooklyn.

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    So over some nice back roads we go and come in the back way to see this interesting sign.

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    Yeah, he is a little creepy !

    But we are in New Jersey remember ! :lol3

    They call this the "Evil Clown of Middletown".
    This sign was originally constructed by Joseph Azzolina's for his Food Circus grocery store in 1956.
    And originally it rotated.
    I don't know how, it's pretty big.
    The image has been used in the opening sequence of the Philip Botti movie Middletown in 1996.
    In 2006 it was used in the film Clerks II.
    It is also known as The Scary Liquor Clown and the long forgotten name of Calico.

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    The other side as viewed from NJ-35 south heading towards the shore.

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    Note the word 'Circus' on the sign.
    Just seems out of place for some reason.

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    The store way back in the parking lot.

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    This was my first attempt at the PC Shot with my Triumph.

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    Not bad.
    Unfortunately when I went to put it up on the center stand the bike tipped over onto the grass because my foot slipped and it was on a slight slope.

    And I had just gotten the parts replaced from my Chimney Rock, NC incident !
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    I will post about the repair later, I forgot I had it done before this ride.

    Fortunately the bike did fall on grass, next to a curb.
    But the only damage it sustained was breaking the end of the Brake Leaver off !

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    It was only about 2 inches that broke off.
    You can't take me anywhere !

    The new leaver was not cheap either !
    But if that is all that happened I was happy.... well, happier than I would have been if I caused more damage let's say !

    So perhaps this is an Evil Clown ! :hmmmmm

    He even has his 'own' facebook page, Evil Clown of Middletown !

    Evil Food Circus Clown on Roadside America.

    Evil Clown of Middletown on Wikipedia

    The sign is also known as Calico the Food Circus Clown.
    He was painted by Leslie Thomas, who also painted Tilli, the face image used in Asbury Park. (the smiley face on the side of the Wonder Bar I posted earlier)
    Both have an eerie feel to them.
    But art from the 1950's was beginning to be out there anyway.
    So perhaps the clown is not as evil as much as he is a Grand Overseer of Middletown.

    He does have a smile and a heart in the middle of his bow tie ! :nod

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  12. PC-Rider

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    Next stop was a little further than the others.
    Took us just over half an hour to get here.

    We were not yet in the heart of Urban Mayhem so it wasn't too bad.

    Our destination was an old Snuff Mill.

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    You can see the name in this picture.

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    Helme Products.
    Helme Snuff Mill and all things tobacco.

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    Unfortunately most of the painting has weathered off.
    But the brick up top is still showing nicely.

    C.W. Helme 1883.

    What is interesting here is that they are repurposing this old abandoned building into apartments/condos.
    That is why you see new windows on the building.
    And who knows how much of the old signs will be removed.

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    The building next door was being refurbished also.
    But note that some of the buildings behind that have been torn down.

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    I was across the street getting some of these pictures and I noticed these old stone arches down in the weeds in front of an animal shelter.

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    when I had looked at Google Maps I saw an old building here with a big smoke stack.
    That is now gone.
    I was assuming that was a power plant.
    And these ruins were probably where they dumped coal out of railroad hopper cars.

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    I walked down the length of the bigger building.

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    Looks like some of this is not being repurposed !

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    It was getting close to Halloween and I thought this was a Ghost Pumpkin !

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    Perhaps I had gotten up too early ! :lol3



    Here is a nice YouTube video about the Helme Snuff Mill.
    It shows products they made, the condition of the buildings inside and out before refurbishing and a look at what they want to make this into.
    It is a little long at 7:40, but if you like historical stuff it is very interesting.
    Also note that some of the buildings and the skywalk between these two buildings are already gone.
    It also shows the paintings on the building a lot clearer than it is now.
    I won't show you the next video that shows them tearing down some of the other buildings ! :cry

    This business was so big they built their own little town back behind this.
    And that is where the town of Helmetta, NJ comes from.

    Future plans for this place on NJ.com.

    From the looks of some of these photos it appears they may have removed most of the paint from those nice old signs.

    The History Girl has some interesting information and pictures of this place.

    "The Helme Tobacco company was founded as the Railroad Mills Snuff Mill in
    1866 by a pair of brothers from New Jersey. After a few years, when George
    Washington Helme (1822-1893) purchased his brother's share, it was renamed.
    In the 1880s, Helme purchased land in Middlesex county between Spotswood and
    Jamesburg, and built 105 homes for his workers. In 1888 the community was
    granted status as a borough and Helme named it after his daughter, Oliva
    Antoinette, who was nicknamed Etta.

    In the 1930s there were 400 Helme employees and the firm was one of the
    world's largest producers of snuff. At his death, Helme was reported as having
    been the second wealthiest man in New Jersey.
    " a nice little concise history I found on Snuffhouse.org.

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  13. PC-Rider

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    In our travels we saw several Firemen Memorials like this one as well as Doughboy Memorials.

    Always nice to see these because you know people appreciate their sacrifices.

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    Our next stop was LUNCH.

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    There were two more riders waiting there for us.
    Our ever faithful docgonzo and jimmr.
    jimmr is the one parked out in the boondocks !
    And you have seen doc's orange KTM machine before.

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    We were having lunch at the Seville Diner in East Brunswick, NJ.

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    Also a previous Tag.

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    Sorry for the poor pictures inside.
    I took these with my point an shoot.
    And I probably should have pointed more steadily before I shot !

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    Seville Diner

    Food was decent and prices weren't too bad.
    Just take anything not bolted down on your bike and bring it inside with you !

    Good thing I did not read the 2007 article that came up on google search about 'Seville Diner Shooting, owner gunned down', before I left on this trip ! :eek1 :huh :eek1

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  14. PC-Rider

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    This is where it starts getting a little hairy in the traffic department.

    Seville Diner is on NJ-18.
    A very busy road.
    Our next stop was just up the road also on NJ-18 in the other direction.

    The next stop was for a little man made out of muffler parts at a Midas Muffler Shop.
    I would call him a muffler man, but that would be confusing because you know who "REAL" Muffler Men are because I have educated you on them.

    :deal

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    The statue was MIA.

    This had been the first, and fortunately the last, thing on my list of stops that was no longer there.
    He was standing next to that pile of tires on the grass.
    He was still visible on Google Maps Street View !

    I had pulled up to the garage bays and asked one of the mechanics about the statue and he acted like he had no idea what I was talking about
    Oh well, if this were the only thing that had disappeared I would be happy.

    We also had one of our riders leave us after we left the diner.
    So we had 4 bikes at this point.

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    So then, off to our next stop.

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    At one time there had been a large 2 mile long Brick Works Complex here along the Raritan River in Sayreville, NJ.

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    This Water Tower and our next stop are the only surviving structures from that complex ! :cry

    Yes, that's a water tower, not a chimney.

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    Made from their own bricks.

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    Today the area is suburban housing and strip malls.

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    A few weeks later I was redoing my front walkway to the front door.
    And what do I find in my brick walkway ?

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    Yup, Sayer & Fisher bricks made here at this location.

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    Sayer & Fisher Brick Company of New Brunswick was founded in 1850 by James Sayre of Newark and Peter Fisher of New York.
    It became one of USA's leading manufacturers of building brick.
    The area they built this complex on was originally known as Wood's Landing, which was a previous brick maker.
    In 1905 it had a 2 mile long complex here along the Raritan River.
    In 1912 it's production reached 62 million bricks a year.
    It closed in 1970.

    I have read other articles recently about brick making in New Jersey and I never knew how extensive and productive this industry was in this state !

    Sayer & Fisher Brick Co. or Sayer and Fisher Brickyard.
    There are lots of cool old pictures at the bottom of the front page.
    And lots of history to be found on the Tabs.

    If you are interested in collecting bricks, (a favorite past time of mine ! :rolleyes :lol3) check out Brick Collecting .com.

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    This is the other structure left from the Sayre & Fisher Brick Co.

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    This is called the Sayre and Fisher Reading Room.
    It also goes under the name of Sayreville Hall.
    It was built in 1883.

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    It also displayed some of their fancier bricks.

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    Today it is a catering business.

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    Pretty neat old building.

    Sayre & Fisher Reading Room on Wikipedia

    An article in Suburban News.

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    Ahhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!! New Jersey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Turned out there was an accident that was blocking one lane.

    The Big Orange Machine goes off to the left and is never seen again on this trip.
    I knew he had someplace to be, as he always does, but I thought it was later.

    Anyway, we finally reach our destination 30 minutes later, which was twice as long as it should have taken.

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    National Musical String Company in New Brunswick, NJ.

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    This building was built in 1897
    This place made the first harmonicas in America
    It was the world's largest producer of steel strings.
    They made Black Diamond and Bell strings and several other brands.

    Finally, some fall foliage ! :lol3

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    I was walking backwards down the sidewalk to get a better picture.
    Good thing I turned around when I did !

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    :eek1 Guard Rail Alert !

    Which I don't know why it is there because there are no other guard rail posts around !

    So, over to the other side of the street.

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    Looks like they are repurposing this building into storage units.

    Here is a picture taken in 1927 of this building on What Was There, looks like the right side in my pictures.

    Here is a discussion on Mud Cat Cafe about the NMSCo, as they put it.
    I always find these interesting because you get more of a personal view of places like this, or someones parents or grandparents worked there back in the day.

    Here is someone selling a set of Black Diamond strings on GoAntiques.

    Or a set of Silver Plated Violin Strings on Musurgia.com.

    Some more guitar strings, not for sale, on Michael Messer Forum.

    Ah,, here is a nice website showing an aerial view of the complex on Historical New Brunswick.

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    Now to get out of New Brunswick.

    But not before seeing this sign, and having time to take a picture !

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    Welcome to New Brunswick, The Healthcare City ! :huh:huh:huh

    :hmmmmm lets see, urban sprawl, industry, tall builidings, lots of cars, busses, trucks, shootings, stabbings, ulcers.... yeah, I can see that ! :jack

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    As you can see, it took longer to get here than planed as well.

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    And what did we come here to see ?

    A HUGE cow !

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    No, it's not a New Jersey Industrial Waste Site Mutant.

    It is a Giant Fiberglass Cow !

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    A Jersey Cow no less ! :rofl

    I guess it is there to keep the other cows happy.

    It was hard getting pictures here because the sun was setting back there.
    Plus there was this giant, what looked like a rain, cloud looming around.

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    Right across the street from an Electrical Sub Station.

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    I did not realize this cow made it onto Roadside America as The Big Cow of Middlebush.
    And it was once light brown and white in color.
    Must be getting older and it's hair is turning color.

    Roadside Architecture.com has this to say about this Big Bovine !

    "The Middlebush Cow is 12 feet tall and appears to be another FAST clone (with
    horns removed). She was brown and white, then was painted black and white,
    and is now back to brown and white. In the 1960s, she was taken to parades
    and store openings to promote the Cream O'Land Dairy. When she was not on
    the road, she resided at the dairy's store which also had a 10 foot tall rotating
    milk bottle. When Cream O'Land's building was demolished in the late 1970s or
    early 80s, this cow moved to this dairy farm. She was subject to pranks and
    being knocked over so today she stands way back in the paddock with other
    live cows. Sometime between 2007 and 2009, this cow was repainted black
    and white.
    "

    There was some confusion as to the actual town this is in.
    We have it in Franklin, NJ.

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    #257 Cow of Franklin

    Big Cow of Middlebush @14
  19. PC-Rider

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    We lost one more rider at the cow.
    It was just jimmr and I, and my wife now.

    It was supposed to take 36 minutes to get to our next stop.
    Just over and hour later we pull up to the parking lot.
    And get turned away by the security guard.

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    What we were looking to see was that hunk of metal in the distance.

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    Yes, that hunk of metal.

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    This is a contraption built to take whole coal filled railroad hopper cars and turn them over and dump the coal into barges below.

    It is said that Hurricane Sandy put a hurtin' on this old structure.

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    We wound up pulling off the side of the road and taking pictures from there.
    Fortunately it was not a busy road.

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    This is called a McMyler Coal Dumper.
    It was built in 1917.
    It is the last of it's kind in New York area.
    This was the Eastern terminus of the Reading Railroad, which gives the town Port Reading, NJ its name.
    It could dump coal every 2 1/2 minutes with a 12 man crew.
    In 1951 it suffered a severe fire and was repaired to keep it in service.
    It stopped being used in 1982, which is amazing, that is the year after I graduated High School.

    It is located at a truck terminal and is on private property,
    hence the security guard giving me the'No No' sign before I even approached that little trailer she was in.
    I pulled up and asked if we could take pictures and she said no, verbally this time, and said this was private property.
    I said, Ok, thank you, and turned around and took pictures from the road.

    That rain cloud we saw at our last stop was keeping it's distance, fortunately.

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    McMyler Coal Dumper

    Interesting article on Woodbridge Patch.

    This is all you will probably need to know about this piece of dinosaur machinery on opacity.us.
    They have a video of one of these in operation from Sandusky, Ohio.
    I need to go back to that site.
    They have a lot of interesting stuff on there.

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    #1833 Santa's Coal Dumper Lumper

    McMyler Coal Dumper, Port Reading @14
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    Getting out of Port Reading was not as bad as getting into it.

    We were pretty much on side roads and not major highway arteries getting to our next stop.

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    A tiny little Red Tower Restaurant in Plainfield, NJ.

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    Established in 1930 according to the sign on the building.

    And I guess this is the Red Tower !

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    Inside was pretty small.
    How they got the bike in there I don't know ! :lol3

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    Cadi-corner was this nice old building.

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    Across the street was Kennedy's Fried Chicken.
    Evidently not as popular as Kentucky Fried Chicken !

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    Red Tower Restaurant does not seem to have their own website.

    I found this nice review on restrauntica.com.

    So this is Red Tower #1 Restaurant.
    There are two more of these in New Jersey numbered ll and lll.

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    #2449 Repunzel, Repunzel

    Red Tower Restaurant, Plainfield @14