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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 6
South from the Northwest Corner – Netcong

At 34 miles is (L) State-owned LAKE MUSCONETCONG.

NETCONG, 34.2 miles (920 alt., 2,097 pop.), the center of a large summer resort area, lies largely R. of the highway, a treeless thoroughfare lined with large homes. The town was first settled by workers in the nearby iron works and mines. Employment is now provided by the Lackawanna R.R. repair shops.

At 34.6 miles is the junction with US 46 (see Tour 7).

The road rises into the Morris County hills.

At 35.1 miles are (L) the tall RADIO RECEIVING TOWERS (not open to public) of the short-wave international telephone service of the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. Messages from Europe, Central America, and the West Indies are received here and amplified automatically for the telephone lines.

At 37.5 miles US 206 descends a steep slope into a long narrow valley between two ridges. The village of FLANDERS and an old millpond are L.

Fields in the valley are a checkerboard in green and brown, divided by a tree-lined branch of Raritan River.

The road rises again over a lesser ridge, uneven and rolling, with occasional farmhouses, and crosses Black River at 42.2 miles.

On the road are (L) the outskirts of CHESTER, 44.1 miles (860 alt., 620 pop.) (see Tour 10), at the junction with State 24 (see Tour 10).

The route bears slightly R. into the deep valley of Middle Brook, through rolling farming and grazing country with the foothills of the Watchung Range (L) to the east.

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