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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 18
Junction with US 1–Woodbridge–Perth Amboy–Freehold–Lakewood–Toms River–Tuckerton–Cape May; US 9,

In the pine trees (R) is BEACHWOOD, 49.3 miles, a summer colony. A century ago it was the terminal of a mule-powered wooden railway that ran from charcoal-burning pits at Lakehurst to Toms River; stockholders and mules went back to the plow when the coal mines killed the charcoal trade. A few traces of the old railway remain.

At 54.7 miles is the junction with a graveled road.

Right on this road is DOUBLE TROUBLE, 3.5 miles, (50 alt.), more a name than preacher and his wife lived near the dam that forms CEDAR CREEK LAKE. A colony of muskrats also resided there and about once a week burrowed through the a community, in the pine and cranberry country. Nearly 100 years ago an old jam. The parson and his closest neighbors repaired the dam time after time. Once the muskrats dug through twice in the same week, whereupon the preacher cried in despair, "Here's double trouble!" The community is active only when the Double Trouble Cranberry Co. brings in migratory workers during the berry season. Cedar Creek has the distinction of rising in the vicinity of Mount Misery, flowing through Double Trouble, and emptying into Barnegat Bay at Good Luck (now Lanoka Harbor).

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