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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 – Trenton

At 86.6 miles, at a traffic circle on the outskirts of Trenton, is the junction with US 1 (see Tour 1).

South (straight ahead) on Brunswick Ave. to Broad St.; L. on Broad St. to State St., at the business center of Trenton. TRENTON, 88.3 miles (55 alt., 123,356 pop.) (see TRENTON).

Points of Interest: State Buildings, Library and Museum, Old Barracks, Mahlon Stacy Park, First Presbyterian Church, Bloomsbury Court, Bow Hill, Lenox Potteries, and others.

Left from Warren St. on State St. to Broad St.; R. on Broad St., crossing Assunpink Creek in the older section of the city.

WHITE HORSE, 92.7 miles (90 alt., 63 pop.), a small settlement on a high elevation, overlooks Crosswicks Creek. The village was named for the WHITE HORSE TAVERN (L), so called because General Washington passed here on a white horse. The innkeeper had a picture of the horse painted on his signboard, which hung from a buttonwood tree.

The highway turns R. and winds down to the arched concrete bridge crossing Crosswicks Creek. At the original wooden drawbridge, it is said, Colonial troops defeated a British detachment in June 1778. Crosswicks Creek took its name from the Indian village of Crossweeksung (separation), so called because of the separation of the stream above it into two branches, and also because here stood a house of separation for Indian girls arriving at maturity.

Ascending to a higher level the highway underpasses the tracks of the Pennsylvania R.R., 94.9 miles About 200 feet L. on the railroad right-of-way stands the JOHN BULL MONUMENT. The John Bull, an English-made locomotive. was the first to travel this mile of New Jersey's first railroad, a part of the Camden and Amboy line (see TRANSPORTATION). The base of the stone is encircled by a length of the first rails. 95.4 miles, is the junction with US 130 (see Tour 19).

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