Sparta Mountain Reserve (Sparta, NJ)
By Gary J. Rocks
(Juba Team Realty)
On this site in 1881, Thomas Edison developed an enormous complex of mines, crushers, separators, and subsidiary buildings that came to be know as "Edison or, more properly. The works of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Company."This company produced briquettes of concentrated iron ore. The plant finally closed never to reopen, on September 30, 1900. In its highest level of activity, the plant employed some 500 men. Thomas Edison himself had lost about two million dollars of his own money on the project, but was quoted as saying:"I can at any time get a job at $75.00 a month as a telegrapher, and that will amply take care of all my personal requirements."As quoted to Mr. Walter Mallory and reprinted from the North Jersey Highlands" September 1980Photographs Courtesy of U.S....
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