Author Archives: Mark and Mark

All Aboard for Northlandz!

There’s a place in New Jersey where mountain gorges descend sharply into turbulent roiling rivers. Through these rocky ravines train tracks cling precariously to the steeply pitched mountainsides. A locomotive passes on its daily rounds on the gravity defying line, … Continue reading

Francois – A Man Out of Time

We are walking along Park Avenue in Rutherford talking with a 17th Century ghost. In the physical world of the 21st Century he goes simply by the name of “Francois” but his thoughts are not of this time, and his … Continue reading

The Moving Story of Lucy the Elephant

The New Jersey Shore has always had its fair share of spectacular eye-popping sights to see. Historically there have been the hulking shipwrecks of the Sindia in Ocean City, the Morro Castle in Asbury Park, and the concrete ship SS … Continue reading

Who Killed Jeannette DePalma?

It was a case that shook a small New Jersey community to its core. On August 7th, 1972, sixteen-year-old Jeannette DePalma walked out of her suburban Springfield home, and into the realm of urban legend. She had planned to hitchhike to … Continue reading

Tales of Berry’s Chapel in the Pines

In the Nineteenth Century a small but thriving African American community was developing in the tiny township of Quinton, NJ. Located deep in the piney woods of Salem County, this community was spread out and disparate. John Berry, a Quinton … Continue reading

Strange Figures of Woodbridge Clay Pits

Several peculiar wooden sculptures that have a mysterious history about them were recently put up for sale at a prestigious New York City auction house. The origins of the “Woodbridge Figurines” are unclear, although the figures themselves are well known … Continue reading

There She Wasn’t – Miss America. The Ballad of Bette Cooper

Bette Cooper wound up being a 1937 Miss America contestant purely through chance. The 16-year old Hackettstown resident was at Lake Hopatcong’s Bertrand Island amusement park with a few friends when they saw a notice soliciting contestants for the “Miss Bertrand Island” contest. But her reign as pageant queen would be strange and short-lived. Continue reading