Burlington County History

Jim at Milepost 5-1

Having relocated to Burlington County, NJ, Jim has become aware of its rich heritage.

Research initially focused on the Mt. Holly, Lumberton and Medford Railroad.

Seen at right is the sole remaining milepost of that railroad, now relocated to a nearby historic venue, which Jim restored in the summer of 2018. It denoted five miles to Mt. Holly, and one mile to Medford.

Research  on the former Nike Missile Base in Lumberton has led to a recorded presentation, to be followed by a research article.

Wondering: Ely Hall
(Medford home of first President of Mt. Holly, Lumberton and Medford Railroad. Home built 1844.)

Lumberton NJ Train Station

Dr. Ely’s Legacy: The Mount Holly, Lumberton and Medford Railroad (Full Web Version)
How and why the railroad was built, its impact on the region.

Modified version of “Dr. Ely’s Legacy”
published in Milepost, at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. October 2018, PDF.

An illustrated lecture on “Dr. Ely’s Legacy,” detailing the railroad’s history and impact, is available for presentation.

Lumberton Nike Missile Base Presentation.

Lumberton Nike Missile Base

This presentation was recorded in conjunction with the Lumberton Historical Society, as part of the Medford Leas Pathways program. This was one of some 250 bases in operation in the United States during the Cold War.  Additional research resulted in a detailed article which is scheduled for publication in 2023 in SoJourn Magazine, published by Stockton University’s South Jersey Culture & History Center.

Lumberton NJ garbage truck.

South Jersey Garbage

A look back at garbage as a social and governmental problem, with special focus on Burlington County. Discusses current methods and challenges for the future.

Carranza Memorial

Charles Lindbergh and Emilio Carranza

Air pioneers, friends, and a New Jersey memorial to international brotherhood.

Court hearing.

Burlington County’s Sand to Philadelphia’s Water Plant: A Story of Plunder and Boodling

The story of how crooked politicians in Philadelphia made money off of sand from New Jersey to build a badly needed water plant.

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