Cattails = Clay

Cattails = Clay (HMQX9)

Location: New Milford, NJ 07646 Bergen County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 54.831', W 74° 1.787'

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— Hackensack River Stories —


The schooner John Schmults was in the brick trade for many years during the late 19th century on the Hackensack [River]. Clay deposits were extensive and prized by the Lenape and early settlers for pottery then brickmaking. The Dutch were taught to dig for clay where they saw cattails growing. Cattail (Typha latifolia) has almost disappeared from along the lower Hackensack due to the increased salinity since the construction of the Oradell dam.

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Hibiscus palustris

Oh, the marshlands of New Jersey:
Oh, the broad moors near the sea,
Where the salt winds off the ocean
Wander far and fast and free!

Oh, the tides in winding channels
Hidden in the meadow grass,
Where with hulls unseen, ghost vessels,
Gliding schooners bayward pass;

And the nodding and the lisping
Of the zephyr-haunted sedge,
And the mallow's flaming petals
On the sluggish ditch's edge;

And the meadow lark, sky scaler,
Mounting up on tiny wings,
Flooding upper space with music
Largesse, free, but fit for kings;

And the fleecy flocks of cloudland,
Browsing o'er their sunny leas,
And the flitting of their shadows,
Playing with each vagrom breeze!

Oh, the brave life of the marshes,
Jersey's moorlands, green and wide;
And the brotherhood that crowns it,
Blowing wind and flowing tide!

Owen Terry
From Windjammers of the Hackensack by Eugene K. Bird, 1916. ? BCHS
HM NumberHMQX9
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 4:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 581703 N 4529646
Decimal Degrees40.91385000, -74.02978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 54.831', W 74° 1.787'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 54' 49.86" N, 74° 1' 47.22" W
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Area Code(s)201
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 92 Main St, New Milford NJ 07646, US
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