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American Government Special Collections Reference Desk


The New York Times
April 19, 1914

Route of Trip Described by A. C. A. Touring Bureau is Through Hill Country.


Good Motoring Conditions Prevail and Satisfactory Accommodations Can Be Had Also.

The section of New Jersey traversed on the trip outlined below by the bureau of tours of the Automobile Club of America cannot be surpassed in beauty of scenery by any trip of equal distance in that State.  Good roads will be found throughout the run, and the accommodations are satisfactory.  The Forty-second Street Ferry is crossed to Weehawken.  From the ferry up the hill and then by way of Third Street the Hudson County Boulevard is reached.  Here turn left for one-half mile, then at the trolley crossing turn right into Gardner Street, after which bear left and cross the trolley into Secaucas Road.  This is the beginning of what is commonly called the Paterson Plank Road which runs through Homestead, Secaucus, Carlstadt and Wallington to Passaic.

At Passaic turn left and go through Richfield and along into the valley road to a small hotel, making there a right turn into Great Notch Road, a beautiful winding thoroughfare which passes Great Notch at the station.  The route then leads on through Little Falls, where the Passaic River and the Morris Canal are crossed, and continues by way of Mountain View to Lincoln Park.  The road now passes into a hilly section through Glenview, passing Hook Mountain to the south and running through Montville into Myrtle Avenue in Boonton.  Through this section many beautiful little towns have been built up in recent years.

In Boonton turn left into Main Street, cross a bridge and at once turn right and a beautiful road will be found along the Jersey City Reservoir running through Cobbs Corners to Parsippany.  Go straight on through the crossroads at this place and follow the main road through Morris Plains to the park in Morristown.  Go out Mt. Kimble Avenue from this place over a good narrow concrete road to Bernardsville, where a good macadam road will be found leading to Basking Ridge.

A very attractive section of the country is passed through in following the road through Millington, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit to Milburn. At this point Ridgewood Avenue and South Orange Avenue lead through South Orange.  Then go by way of Centre Street, Harrison Street and Central Avenue running through East Orange to Newark.  From Central Avenue turn right into Broad Street and just beyond the station turn left into Fair Street, which makes a connection by way of Polk Street and Ferry Street with the Essex-Hudson Lincoln Highway, formerly called the Plank Road, which is in good condition to the Hudson County Boulevard.  This road affords several outlets to the various New York City ferries.

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