Archive for the ‘Atlantic’ Category

Abandoned Bus in Atlantic County

This bus can be found off a major road in Hamilton Twp.

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The Blue Hole

The Blue Hole is a small, deep pond in Winslow Township, in the heart of the Pine Barrens. The legend says that the water is ice cold even in summer and you would drown if you tried swimming in it. There are various theories as to why the water is so deep, or why it remains so frigid. One popular theory is that its the result of a meteor strike many millions of years ago. Some visitors state that you can see the bottom, while other rumors say that a group of engineers and scientists brought a large crane to the site and dropped a large weight on steel cable and never hit the bottom of the hole when they ran out of cable. Why is the water so clear and cold when a nearby creek is so dirty? Could be it’s fed from an underground spring.

One persistent rumor is that the Jersey Devil comes here and drinks the cold crystal clear water from this pond, and if he catches anyone swimming in his watering hole he will drag them into the water. Ok. Or maybe it’s just the cold water makes swimmers legs cramp up…


There is a geocache here.

Bethlehem Loading Company

The Bethlehem Loading Company was established to produce munitions during W.W.I. and did so until the war end. Originally occupying 10,000 acres outside Mays Landing, the land now is a public park. During WWII the place was stripped for steel & iron. The ruins remain today in Estelle Park and are easily seen off Route 50.

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Weymouth Furnance

The chimney like structure is part of the iron furnace, which originally took locally mined ore and turned it into various items such as pipes, cannonballs, pots and pans, and stoves. After the furnace closed, it became a paper mill in 1862, but this was short lived and it closed in 1867. The County has set this aside as a historic site, and is trying to put up signage about the site and the history. Part of the ruins are fenced off for safety of visitors as well as to protect the site from those who would damage it or try to remove pieces of it.

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Mecca

Thru geocaching I came across this Hindu temple in Bridgewater.

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Pure luck had me stumbling across this second Hindu temple in Galloway Twp. There was small offering plate near the statue in the picture and it had food on it.

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The Milk Jug Lady of Buena Vista

The milk jug lady originally created her lawn art with milk jugs 40 years ago, as a way to keep her kids from riding their bikes on the lawn. Some designs she has done over the years include flags, Dale Ernhardt’s #, rainbow, shamrocks, & Christmas trees. Most require anywhere from 800-2000 jugs.

She has gone back and forth between two ways of coloring the jugs, each with their own drawbacks: colored water (which freezes in the winter) or painting them (which is expensive, time consuming and must be redone). She is always looking for more milk jugs, so she set out a container on her property where people can drop them off. Please make sure they are empty, clean, dry and with caps.

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The abandoned patient houses of Ancora Psychiatric

In issue 18 of Weird NJ they showed photos of the old patient buildings at Ancora, a psychiatric facility in Hammonton. By the time I actually visited in 2004, the houses had all been razed and there was nothing to see. Well, there might have been but the main facility across the street is still active. I wasn’t risking being caught for something that was really not much to see anyway.

Lesson learned: go to see a place while it’s still there. You snooze, you lose.

This is a photo submitted by a reader:

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