1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 1, 2021 10:53 AM by Marcus Bacher

    Were there any iron mines near Rockaway, NJ?

    Nick Gleason Newbie

      Were there any iron mines near Rockaway, New Jersey?

        • Re: Were there any iron mines near Rockaway, NJ?
          Marcus Bacher Adventurer

          Dear Mr. Gleason,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The history of iron mining in Rockaway Township dates back to the 18th century before declining in the middle 20th century. The most famous and productive mines were the Hibernia Mine and the Mt. Hope Mine, though there were other active iron mines in the region.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Field Station Correspondence Files, 1951 in the Records of the U.S. Bureau of Mines (Record Group 70) that pertain to Mt. Hope. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          We suggest you review the brief history of mining and related resources at the Rockaway Township Free Public Library local history page. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection hosts a page of free online publications pertaining to New Jersey geological resources including a history of iron mining and a map archive of abandoned mines.


          We also suggest you contact the New Jersey State Archives for any records they may have in their custody.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!