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South Toms River Silos

Posted by Stu On March - 9 - 2009

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Yet something else that was up the road from me my whole life and I never knew about. These old silos can be found in the woods of South Toms River. They’re in pretty good shape and there are quite a few of them. I wonder why there’s one whole cluster very close together but then others are more spaced out and not so organized. I’m not really sure what they were for or when they were last used. The insides of most of them had chairs and other random junk in them; kind of reminded me of the structures at Mays Landing Brick Company.

The silos are a little tagged up, but there is much less trash there than at other sites I’ve been to. Overall they’re in pretty good shape compared to other similar places.

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Tuckerton Railroad Coal Dump

Posted by Stu On March - 3 - 2009

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Although railroads in Central & South Jersey are just about defunct nowadays, there are still several reminders of their presence and significance – Winslow Junction, the track that once ran next to the Freight Station, the trestle behind Hebrew Park are just a few examples. Here is another.

The ruins of a coal dump for the Tuckerton Railroad can be found along Memorial Drive in Barnegat. I lived in the area for 25 years and never knew it was there. Kind of amazing, seeing that it’s just a block away from Route 9.

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Ruins off Mount Misery Road

Posted by Stu On April - 27 - 2008

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I found these on Easter. I was hoping to find out just what they were, but neither I nor any of the knowledgeable Pine Barrens folk I’ve talked to are completely sure. One theory was that they were part of a nearby mill, but they look too new to be from that. Could’ve just been a house.
Regardless, you have to drive down a sugar sand road for about 2 miles to get to them (this is down the north end of Mt. Misery, which prior to this I’ve never taken).

A well, maybe?

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Hindenburg Crash Monument

Posted by Stu On September - 26 - 2007

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I would like to thank the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, especially Larry Lyford, for granting me access to the monument.

Many people know what the Hindenburg is, but not many are aware the disaster occurred right in Lakehurst. On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg, an 804 foot long zeppelin, burst into flames and came crashing down to the ground. Many of the passengers and crew died. The cause is still debated, but somehow the hydrogen-filled airship caught and in about half a minute was destroyed.

Today, there is a small blimp-shaped monument with a plaque in its center. The memorial is where the Hindenburg touched down that day. A good distance behind it is a huge hangar that housed the Hindenburg twice.

I first saw the Hindenburg crash site in 1992 when I was at an air show that the base used to hold annually. I went in the hangar too. Today, the field where the air show used to be held is overgrown.

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Popcorn Park Zoo

Posted by Stu On September - 21 - 2006

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Couple of things worth noting before I go on:

a) This page is more for promoting the zoo and its goals than anything else. I’ve been visiting it since I was 3 or so, and I sponsor some of the animals there (the muntjacks). This zoo is the only one of its kind in the country – all the animls housed here have been abandoned, neglected, abused, etc…
Money-wise, PPZ has not been doing so great the past few years, and if this helps to increase their visits or sponsorships, then I’ve served my purpose.

b) Some of the pictures are not all that great. There are many parts of the zoo where there are 2 fences between you and the animals. I did my best to avoid fences, but in some cases it was impossible.
Some time ago, several of the animals freely walked around the zoo grounds. Due to a somewhat recent attack (involving punk kids breaking into the zoo at night and murdering several birds), no animals, except for some birds, have free range of the zoo.

For more info about the animals, directions, or donating, feel free to visit the zoo’s website.

Or even better, grab the kids, swing by, and feed the animals some popcorn (oddly, most of them like it). There’s a wide variety of animals, from your standard barnyard bunch to lions, tigers, bears, and muntjacks (oh doom).

Turtles, tortoises, and the reptile room greet visitors.

Peacocks, along with ducks and geese, have free range of the zoo….and so do their babies, apparently.

Piggies love popcorn. One guy tried putting his head through the fence.

Monkeys! No, these ones don’t fling poo. At least I’ve never seen them do it.

Some animals get quite excited when they see popcorn.

Hard to tell, but it’s a unicorn deer.

And last but not least…my muntjacks.


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Forest Castle

Posted by Stu On June - 21 - 2006

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A few years back, I received an email about a castle in Lakewood. I was told it was part of an apartment complex, and it was to be shortly torn down. Figuring it was done for, I never bothered to check it out.
While geocaching around the area, we stumbled upon it – what’s left anyway. The entire area is now fenced off with black tarp covering the fence line. One building is nothing but a foundation now. The castle itself is half boarded up. The remaining apartment building has also been abandoned for a few years and looks like it’s falling apart.
The only way we could get pictures was to shoot through the gate.
We got a lot of funny looks just by doing this, so we didn’t stay too long. We quickly took our photos and left.

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