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Lakota Wolf Preserve

The Lakota Wolf Preserve is the only wolf preserve east of the Mississippi. Originally located in Colorado it was moved here when the owners realized that the local zoning ordinances wouldn’t allow them to open it to visitors. The 2 hrs tour allows you to see four different wolf packs, and you will learn about wolf behavior, why they are threatened, how they mate and forms bonds, and you can even try howling with them. You will also see a bobcat, a red fox and other animals as well. They are open weekends all year round, though call during inclement weather to be sure.

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The Eggomat

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We live in an society where we can get food at any convenience store at any time of day. Long ago are the days when milk was delivered to your doorstep in glass bottles. This machine is a relic from those days. Instead of going to the market, you went to.. the Eggomat. You put in your coins, and out came eggs, like so much soda and candy bars. (did anyone ever shake one if they didn’t get their eggs is what I want to know…) The Eggomat sat on the roads of Warren County since the 1950’s, but eventually went into disuse and deteriorated.

The Eggomat was the invention of Epstein, whose farm sold “eggs of distinction”. Customers paid a nickel for a dozen small eggs, a dime for medium, quarter for large, and 35 cents for jumbos. Security was an issue so Epstein rigged up an intercom so he could hear if someone was stealing eggs. In 1980, Epstein sold his farm, and moved to Florida. The new owner turned the eggomat over to the historical society in 1998, this after a failed “save the eggomat” campaign (which included selling t-shirts) was organized. “It’s a piece of Americana that should be preserved,” said Alan A. Siegel, chairman of the Warren Township Historical Sites Committee. “It’s a part of the agricultural history of Somerset County. They fell in love with the whole kooky concept that one would put a quarter in a machine and get a dozen eggs, Only in America.”

Once (if) restored, where will it go? “It’s one of those things no one wants, but no one wants to get rid of,” Mark Krane, the town administrator, said. The New Jersey Museum of Agriculture in North Brunswick owns an Eggomatic, a mid-20th-century machine that graded eggs. When Andrew B. Jacobson, the museum’s curator and director of collections, recently learned of the Eggomat, he was interested. “It would be something we would definitely want,” Jacobson said. “It’s such a mechanical marvel.”

Ogdenburg tunnel

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It’s called a double bore tunnel (because it’s really two tunnels) but it’s also known as a backwards tunnel because the smaller tunnel is the one for vehicilar traffic while the larger tunnel is for the nearby river. It is designated as historic because the tunnel is 140 years old.

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Oxford Tunnel

The Oxford railroad tunnel is part of the old Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Branch, and has been defunct for several decades. This line runs from the Muscontencong River to Washington where it joins an active Conrail Line. The northern part of this line will take you to the Manunka Chunk tunnel.

Most railroad tunnels are wet from leakage of groundwater. The Oxford tunnel isn’t just wet, it’s got a river inside it, typically anywhere from 3 to 9 inches deep. The water that drains from it empties into the Pohatcong Creek. Enterprising explorers established a series of tires as a dry form of access to the occasion islands of dry dirt amidst the unending water. Reminds me of the tires you have to quickly run thru in high school, except here the idea is walk *on* the tires, not *in* them. Midway thru the mile long tunnel there is a roof collapse and the debris creates a dam about 4 ft high. Behind it is water of considerable depth, and supposedly trout breed in it….

As we left the tunnel, my friend noticed a small crevice beside the mouth of the tunnel and decided to explore. He did his monkey impersonation and soon scuttled up and inside it. He emerged on top of the tunnel directly over the mouth as you can see below.

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The Glider in the Woods

On the hill above an autobody shop in Oxford lies the frame of a Horsa glider. The story goes that after WWII, several veterans were short on funds and a place to live. They could buy military goods on the cheap so they bought a half dozen Horsa gliders, and used the wooden crates as building materials.

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The Studebaker Sanctuary

I received the following email and photos.

i check out your website once in a while…i also write for Weird NJ…the Edison concrete highway article was one of mine…as well as the Pfaff round barn on your website…well here is a guy and his Studebakers…he has a huge Studebaker collection… at last count more than a 100…both in a garage…and on his property…he is located in Warren county…he does not like trespassers…so please urge your website viewers to use the golden rule of look but dont touch or trespass…this is not a junkyard it is one mans passion for all things Studebaker…he is a pal of mine…i also know of a hermit in Warren county who collects old Ramblers…he lives on top of a mountain…and only has patience for people he knows…take care H A Jewell

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Shades of Death Road

Located near Groom Lake, Shades of Death Rd is another one of those “don’t go there at night” type roads. Although not nearly as infamous as Clinton Rd, it is notorious for many things. It’s a lot of the usual stuff, people being chased down the road, the mafia and a woman in a pink prom dress who hitchhikes there at night. (She’s a ghost that will kill you if you refuse her a ride). One story unique to this road which is documented true is ther Polaroid trail. Located south of Route 80, someone found thousands of out of focus Polaroid’s of women. They were too out of focus to make out much more then that they were of a woman. The Marks verified this story shortly before all the photographs disappeared. Something else that is true is that the road is dangerous. There have been several fatal car accidents near one section of Groom Lake, and that section of road is supposed to be getting “fixed” by the DOT to make it less dangerous.

In 2003 I was out in Warren county doing a flea market & took a stroll down Shades of Death Rd. I had left my maps at home and had to try and find the road blindly. I managed to find it after driving on Heller Rd (which was much more scary then Shades of Death was…) Narrow & twisty, with heavy tree cover and few houses in sight, it’s not a place I’d like to drive at 1AM. I did see one barn with a cow skull on it, followed by a fenced in property out of which came a German shepherd.

As I pulled onto Shades of Death, I saw what looked like a fire in the trees ahead of me. There was a swampy marshy area between me & the woods, but the more I looked at it, the more it looked like it was on Route 80. I pulled over & looked for signs of trouble, and the smoke disappeared. A car pulled up & asked me if I had seen the fire, and I said I had seen the smoke. I drove on after seeing nothing else unusual, and stopped to take the above picture. Aside from a section of road with a dozen lengthy skid marks on it, and a cornfield that was way too close to the road IMHO (Sorry, I have a thing about corn fields) I saw absolutely nothing unusual or scary, but I wasn’t down near Groom Lake where the ghost & the Polaroid’s were, so perhaps I was just on the wrong section of road……

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