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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMRYJ_nike-missile-site_Highlands-NJ.html
Missiles emerged from silos beneath the pavement, and waited on launching racks while radar tracked the skies. During the 1950's - the Cold War Era - Nike missiles were stationed here to defend the New York-Philadelphia corridor against long-range…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMRYH_just-like-a-small-town_Highlands-NJ.html
Fort Hancock was established in 1895 as an Army coastal defense post. Its huge concrete gun batteries were designed to protect New York Harbor from attack by sea. Although it was never attacked, Fort Hancock's garrison kept busy with work detai…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMONO_sandy-hook-barracks-building-22-built-1899_Highlands-NJ.html
Listed in The National register of Historic Places: 1980 Barracks Building #22 is a contributing structure in the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic District. Throughout its history, Fort Hancock played a major role in…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMF1M_lighting-the-way_Highlands-NJ.html
When the Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built in 1764, ships entered New York Harbor through a natural channel that ran close to the Sandy Hook shore. Sandbars were a constant danger and the merchants of New York built the Lighthouse to protect their s…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMF1K_sandy-hook_Highlands-NJ.html
Stretching off the northern tip of the New Jersey Shore, the 1,650 acre peninsula preserves six miles of ocean beaches enjoyed by more than two million visitors a year. But there's much more. Beyond its well-known beaches, sand dunes and salt m…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMF06_battery-granger_Highlands-NJ.html
Granger's 10-inch rifle could strike a battleship eight miles out to sea. A simple counterweight system quickly raised and lowered the gun, and a well-trained crew could fire off two rounds a minute. Protected in front by fifty feet of earth and c…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMF04_battery-potter_Highlands-NJ.html
The army operated its first and only lift gun battery here from 1893 to 1906. Inside its cavernous galleries, two 12-inch guns could be raised to the surface for firing and lowered for loading and servicing. Concealed and protected from enemy fire…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMF02_navigating-sandy-hook-waters_Highlands-NJ.html
The broad expanse of New York Harbor is misleading. Shoals and sandbars pose underwater threats to navigation and ships must stay in channels for safe passage. Until the Ambrose Channel was created, all ships entered the harbor through a natura…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMEZU_powerhouse_Highlands-NJ.html
The building in front of you is the powerhouse. Inside the large double doors to your right were the engines and dynamos used to produce electrical power to light the lamp for the 1898 south tower Fresnel lens. This brick building, built in 1909, …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMEZO_twin-lights-mystery-cannon_Highlands-NJ.html
During construction of the present lighthouse in 1861, a cannon was found buried on the grounds. It was placed in front of the keeper's house and for a century was the "mystery" cannon of Twin Lights. There are still unanswered questions about the…
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