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For more information on the New Jersey Turnpike, cars, transportation, and traveling in New Jersey,
check out these online resources.

 

THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE AND RELATED TOPICS

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority
http://www.state.nj.us/turnpike
Includes a vast amount of information, including statistics, the annual report, maps, and how to determine your exit.

The New Jersey State Police (its Troop D patrols the Turnpike)
http://www.njsp.org

Information about asphalt (used in construction of the Turnpike)
http://www.asphaltinstitute.org
Includes information about the history of asphalt and its uses.

For general sites that include information about the New Jersey Turnpike, you can go to:
http://www.njfreeways.com
http://www.phillyroads.com/roads/nj-turnpike_pennsylvania
http://www.nycroads.com/roads/nj-turnpike_newark-bay

Howard Johnson’s
http://www.franchiseassociates.com/history
Howard Johnson's held the first concession for food services on the New Jersey Turnpike. This site provides their history.

HMSHost
http://www.hmshost.com
HMSHost holds the current concession for Turnpike food services.

Citgo
http://www.citgo.com.
Cities Service Oil Co. (now Citgo) held the first concession for automobile-related services on the Turnpike. The site includes classroom activities and a virtual tour of a refinery.

Sunoco
http://www.sunocoinc.com
Sunoco holds the current concession. Their site includes a history of the company.


OTHER MID-20TH-CENTURY TURNPIKES; NEW JERSEY'S GARDEN STATE PARKWAY

The Pennsylvania Turnpike
http://www.paturnpike.com
Includes a history of the road, which opened on October 1, 1940 and was the first of the modern mid-20th century turnpikes.

The Maine Turnpike Authority
http://www.maineturnpike.com
Includes a history of the road, which opened on December 13, 1947.

The New York State Thruway
http://www.thruway.state.ny.us
Includes information about this early limited access road.

The Garden State Parkway
http:// www.gspkwy.state.nj.us/
Includes information about the New Jersey Highway Authority Archives, which feature materials about the Garden State Parkway, built shortly after the New Jersey Turnpike. The first toll was taken on the road in 1954.

 


THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY/HISTORY OF CARS

You can visit the following sites for more information about the automobile, its history, and its role in American life:

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum
http://www.daimlerchrysler.com/museum

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
http://www.hfmgv.org

The History Channel
http://www.historychannel.com

First-person accounts of using the automobile
http://www.ibiscom.com/auto.htm

The Michigan Library
http://mel.lib.mi.us/business/autos-history.html

The Smithsonian Institution’s site on transportation history
http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/transportation.htm

The Sloan Museum
http://www.sloanmuseum.com

List of automotive museums around the world, past and present
http://www.team.net/www/museums

The Museum of Automobile History
http://www.themuseumofautomobilehistory.com

Petersen Automotive Museum
http://www.petersen.org

National Automobile Museum
http://www.automuseum.org/index.html


Photographs, images, and documents on the Web

Many of the websites listed have photographs pertaining to automobiles or roads.

American Memory, Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov
As the site notes, "American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States." Here you can find many images of the New Jersey Turnpike; of special note is the very rich photography collection of Gottscho and Schleisner. In the early 1950s, one of the Turnpike Authority’s architectural firms hired photographers Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner to record the Turnpike under construction. They provide an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at structures as they were being built.


OF SPECIAL INTEREST FOR TEACHERS AND CHILDREN

Transportation

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
http://www.hfmgv.org
This site is especially good for images of early automobiles. Click on “Research Center.”

State of New Jersey Department of Transportation
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation

The Unofficial NJ Transit Website
http://www.hobokenterminal.com

Travel in New Jersey/18th-century travel

Great Outdoor Recreation Pages, New Jersey
http://www.gorp.com/gorp/location/NJ/NJ.htm

New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission, Travel and Tourism
http://www.state.nj.us/travel/news/tntnews.shtml

Colonial Williamsburg
http://www.history.org
If you click on “History,” then “Teacher Resources,” then “Lesson Plans,” you’ll find a list which includes “Travel in the 18th Century.” Click on the topic and it will take you to the lesson plan.


Roads and highways

New Jersey Expressways and Tollways
http://www.njfreeways.com

Andy’s Highway Kickoff Page
http://www.aaroads.com/kick-off/highway.html


Maps

New Jersey maps
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/gis/index.htm

National Geographic, Maps and Geography
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps

University of Texas at Austin Library Online, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection/U.S. Historical City Maps
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/historic_us_cities.html

Maps.Com, Online World Atlas
http://www.maps.com/explore/atlas

Museums

New Jersey museums
http://www.njmuseums.com

Kids’ guide to museums in New Jersey
http://www.kidsguide.com/Museumtext.html

Discover Jersey Arts Showcase Online
http://www.jerseyarts.com

Are We There Yet? Places of Interest in New Jersey
http://www.fieldtrip.com/nj/index_nj.htm

Virtual tours

Citgo
http://www.citgo.com
This site includes classroom activities, including a virtual tour of a refinery.

 

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The website "What Exit? New Jersey and Its Turnpike" contains a variety of links to other websites and references to resources available thorugh government, nonprofit, and commercial entities. These links and references are provided solely for informational purposes and the convenience of the user. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement.

 

 
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