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War of the Worlds Monument

Posted by Stu On August - 26 - 2007

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Most people have heard of the “War of the Worlds” broadcast that caused the nation to panic back on October 30, 1938. Millions of people heard the live broadcast, performed by Orson Welles, describing Martians first landing and beginning their invasion in Grover’s Mill, and sadly many really believed the world was being invaded by aliens.

The monument is located in a small park – Van Nest Park – and pictures Mr. Welles, a UFO, and a family listening to the radio, terrified.

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Belle Mountain Ski Slopes

Posted by Stu On January - 21 - 2006

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We were surprised to see an abandoned ski area on the side of the road. Belle Mountain can be found roughly 2 miles south of Lambertville and has been closed since 1998. The Mercer County Park System owns the property. There are several buildings at the bottom of the hill, all boarded up. There are 2 ways up the hill – the easy, wraparound path, and……straight up. Next time I’ll be taking the easy way.

I still can’t believe I walked straight up the slope.

One of those dots down there is our car.

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White City Amusement Park Ruins

Posted by Stu On January - 21 - 2006

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Through geocaching I heard about a place called White City, an amusement park outside Trenton which closed in our around the 1930’s. A trolley would ride in from Trenton and drop people off, and they’d descend a large set of stairs to Spring Lake. The park had several rides, including a roller coaster and carousel. A dancehall and arcade could also be found here.
We finally got the chance to go to the little known Roebling Memorial Park and see the little bit that remains of the old amusement park. I was a bit disappointed to see how little is left.

The staircase from the old trolley stop can be found next to the parking area and is in surprisingly good shape. At the top of the hill is where the trolley stop once stood; it’s now someone’s backyard. The steps above the staircase vanish into the plants.

Sadly not much else is left of White City. We did stumble upon a few other things while hiking the trail:

A hiker told us this was part of a water ride; gondolas would ride down concrete slopes like this into the water. We also found a well just off the trail. Large chunks of concrete are abundant as well.

This was how we had to get across one of the trails.

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