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New Jersey was once a hub of mills and mining towns until modern technology and shifts in industry decreased and eliminated the need for certain fields. Entire towns were built around resources and ports and were aban- doned when the work ran out. People went where the jobs were and towns were left to ruin. Some have faded away and only foun- dations remain while others have been metic- ulously maintained. Here are some of the most interesting ghost towns in New Jersey. 1. Waterloo Village, Byram Township This 19th century town was the halfway point of the Morris Canal which ran from Jersey City to Phillipsburg. It was a popular overnight stop along the route from New York to Pennsylvania. To accommodate the canal workers a small city was built with an inn, general store, church, blacksmith's shop and watermill. The town thrived for decades until the end of the Civil War when the canal's traffic waned. Abandoned until the 1930's, the area became a popular spot for hobos jumping off a nearby train. When the nearest train station was closed in the 1940's the town was abandoned again. In the
 1960's, volunteers helped to restore the village and it is now maintained as an open air museum. 2. Feltville, Berkeley Heights Boston entrepreneur David Felt moved to New York City in 1825 and built a mill. By 1844 his business was booming and he needed to ex- pand. David bought land in New Jersey and built a second mill. By 1850, over 175 workers and their families lived on his land. His business eventually failed but the property was bought in 1882 and turned into a summer resort. Interest dwindled as families began to vacation at the Jersey Shore. Eventually the land was bought by the Union County Parks Commission and the village is open to the public who can enjoy oc- casional historic demonstrations on the property.
by Ben Ruset