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Federal Hill NJ - The Iron Door

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The other day I did a grouping of great caches on Federal Hill in NJ (near I-287 & route # 23).

 

BrianSnat listed the coordinates to The Iron Door, which we visited. I can not seem to find the WNJ article about The Iron Door on the net. Does anyone have the copy of Weird NJ issue that contains The Iron Door article that I can read. Thanks.

 

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The Iron Door of Fereral Hill.

An odd place indeed. :)

 

I have a link on the Weird NJ Rolling Rock page to the Midnight Society, but it looks like that site is gone. :)

 

Here's the article from the IA Wayback Machine: Iron Door.

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Powder Magazine for quarrying operations that have existed in that area for years and years. These types of powder magazines used to be all over the place , they can still be seen near some of the old iron mines, but many of them no longer have the doors. Not a big mystery. Explosives of the past were a lot less stable than they are today. So storage was an important factor.

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Wow! I just read that one article and it was really neat. I might have to take a day trip up there and check out the area. Maybe I will find the cannon! LOL. Looks like a 2 hour trip for me to get there from south jersey. Can someone give me the coords to the iron door? Not sure if the coords in that article were the correct ones.

 

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I've heard that this area is about ready to be destroyed by developers. ;)

 

Anyone want to take a final trip to Federal Hill in the next few weeks?

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I'm less than 15 minutes away. Depending on schedules, I'd definitely like to go on a group hike here.

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Sure. I was there a while back just for the heck of it, but I'd like to go again if they're about to build on it.

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I think the original WNJ articles on Fed Hill and the Iron Door were in WNJ #7 and #8. I can check when I get home.

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http://www.weirdnj.com/stories/_abandoned12.asp

 

Iron Door

 

I had an article published in Weird NJ, it dealt with the reported apparitions of drowning victims in mine shafts in Ringwood. I am gathering material for another article, so all you cachers keep on doing your weird thing. ;)

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I've heard that this area is about ready to be destroyed by developers. :lol:

 

Anyone want to take a final trip to Federal Hill in the next few weeks?

 

I'd be up for it...wanna do all of Brians' caches (Both Brians).....

 

we could make it a Sunrise Stepoff....

 

Brian B was interested in the area too....

 

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You should bring an issue of Weird NJ with you and include it in the photo. If you send it to them there's a good chance you may get published. :lol:

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Its on my list of places to hit, just not into humping waders for the river crossing, but I think I found that small parking spot on U av.

Just gonna be a good hiking day.

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Its on my list of places to hit, just not into humping waders for the river crossing, but I think I found that small parking spot on U av.

Just gonna be a good hiking day.

I know it's posted no tresspassing but I've stayed dry by scurrying across the train tressel each time I've visited Federal Hill.

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I do not know why people get so worked up over an old powder magazine. They really ought to be trying to spot the ghost of Slater's Mill. She reportedly can be seen on the 5 nights before a full moon. She is described as being very beautiful and is supposedly seen in the upper windows. Dancing .

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I've been by here many times years ago when I lived in North Jersey. If you're going to make a trip out of this, I'd be interested. But no sunrise trips, please. I'm 2+ hours south of here.

 

I drove around here on Christmas day recently. Looks like a lot of new stores going up in the area.

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KBer,

 

I know it is a bit late, but I am planning on doing the Federal Hill and Iron Door geocaches on Monday and was curious what route you took and what other geocaches you did on the hill.

 

Thanks,

Mike

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KBer,

 

I know it is a bit late, but I am planning on doing the Federal Hill and Iron Door geocaches on Monday and was curious what route you took and what other geocaches you did on the hill.

 

Thanks,

Mike

 

I don't think KBer visits these forums very often these days.

 

There are two popular approaches. The short way is over the RR bridge next to Hamburg Turnpike. It is an active RR though, so you are taking a chance. If you hear the nearby signal go off, say your prayers and run.

 

The longer, but safer route is to park by the animal shelter on Brant Lane.

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KBer,

 

I know it is a bit late, but I am planning on doing the Federal Hill and Iron Door geocaches on Monday and was curious what route you took and what other geocaches you did on the hill.

 

Thanks,

Mike

 

I don't think KBer visits these forums very often these days.

 

There are two popular approaches. The short way is over the RR bridge next to Hamburg Turnpike. It is an active RR though, so you are taking a chance. If you hear the nearby signal go off, say your prayers and run.

 

The longer, but safer route is to park by the animal shelter on Brant Lane.

N41° 0.014 W74° 18.781

If you paste these coordinates into the search box on Google Maps (which you'll find on any cache page) it will bring you to the train bridge you'd need to cross. Drag the little yellow man icon to the spot signified on the map, toggle around a bit and you'll get a good image of it. It's not that bad.

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KBer,

 

I know it is a bit late, but I am planning on doing the Federal Hill and Iron Door geocaches on Monday and was curious what route you took and what other geocaches you did on the hill.

 

Thanks,

Mike

 

I don't think KBer visits these forums very often these days.

 

There are two popular approaches. The short way is over the RR bridge next to Hamburg Turnpike. It is an active RR though, so you are taking a chance. If you hear the nearby signal go off, say your prayers and run.

 

The longer, but safer route is to park by the animal shelter on Brant Lane.

N41° 0.014 W74° 18.781

If you paste these coordinates into the search box on Google Maps (which you'll find on any cache page) it will bring you to the train bridge you'd need to cross. Drag the little yellow man icon to the spot signified on the map, toggle around a bit and you'll get a good image of it. It's not that bad.

I live on Wanaque Ave, and you need to go down wanaque ave to the train tracks. If the Animal Shelter is on your right, make a left. Walk over the tressel and down the tracks until you reach the 287 underpass. Walk about 50 more feet and make a right. There should be an open fence. If that's locked, there's a new alternate opening right after the underpass.

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