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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Historic Ottens Canal in North Wildwood New Jersey

Historic Ottens Canal in North Wildwood New Jersey

Like Pennsylvania...the state of New Jersey has a historical marker trail. You can follow the trail throughout the state to learn more about the state's history. These historical markers are never given proper attention with people just walking or driving by and never reading them. We're trying to change that!

Every time we travel we seek out historical markers in the area that we're visiting. On this particular trip we found the new Ottens Canal historical marker located in North Wildwood, New Jersey. Here's the information contained on it.

Borough of Anglesea 1885-1906

Ottens Canal

In May 1905 Borough Council adopted Ordinance #58, vacating 18th Avenue west of Delaware Avenue for Henry Ottens to construct a canal. As part of the "Ottens Canal Tract" development, the canal would provide water access to Grassy Sound and allow Mr. Ottens to market the sale of waterfront properties. The first crabbing excursion in August landed 103 crabs in less than two hours. Final dredging was completed in December 1905.

City of North Wildwood, New Jersey

Historic Ottens Canal in North Wildwood New Jersey
In our second photograph you can see the area behind the marker showing some of the homes lining it with their boat docks. It's located on the "bay side" of the Wildwood island. A very pretty area and often not overloaded with tourists.

If you're interested in learning more about Wildwood or following the New Jersey Historical Marker Trail you can find all kinds of information and photos on our travel blog

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