Morris Plains

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Arcadia Publishing, 2000 - History - 128 pages
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Morris Plains is where Teddy Roosevelt, Gustave Stickley, Thomas Edison, Buffalo Bill, Lillian Russell, and the Flora Dora girls came to dine. It is home to the first mighty Arabian horses ever to be spirited out of the Arabian desert, and where the wealthy and powerful built luxurious mansions and caught the "Millionaire's Special" to New York.

Watnong Plains is the early name for the flat land on either side of West Hanover Avenue, including part of what later became Morris Township. Morris Plains is the story of that place: the early forges and mills on the Watnong Brook, the small settlement at Five Corners, the expansion north and west with the coming of the railroad, and the building of the New Jersey Asylum for the Insane. You will discover where the first settler built a sawmill in 1685 and

how to find the 1866 schoolhouse, now thriving as an apartment building. The 250-year-old building that once housed Morris Plains's first general store is still here--you probably pass it dozens of times a

year, if not daily. And if you have never discovered the ancient Stone Steps, here is your chance to verify their existence.

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Well, this was one of my assignments and it really helped me. Thank you world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live and luv MP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Virginia Dyer Vogt, and Daniel B. Myers, you sure saved my life!! Now that i have read this book I know much history about the town that I live in and plan to live in for years to come.  


Five Corners and a Brook
A Certain House
A Sleepy Village Stirs
Progress on the Plains
May We Serve You?
Castles of Another Time
The Man Who Got Teddy Roosevelt Elected
Morris Plains Comes of Age
Promise and Possibility

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Author Virginia Dyer Vogt has written for many area businesses as a communications professional and has managed the marketing communications departments for several large corporations. She is now a freelance writer and novelist and has written and designed several publications on Morris Plains history. Daniel B. Myers is retired from the Bell Atlantic Corporation and is the Morris Plains town historian. He manages the research and development for the museum's publications.

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