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The Newark Experience

Mapping the City

Historical Map of Newark, New Jersey, 1666-1916
Compiled for the 250th celebration by Edward S. Rankin, C.E., August 1916, revised January 1918.

Shaping the City

The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries 1606-1968
John P. Snyder. Trenton, Bureau of Geology and Topography, 1969. Reprinted New Jersey Geological Survey, 2004.
"The Bounds of Newark: Tract, Township and City,"
John P. Snyder. New Jersey History 86(2), Summer 1968, 92-105.
Newark's geographical boundaries, 1667-1967. Available?
Indian Trails and City Streets
Edward S. Rankin. Montclair, N.J., The Globe Press, 1927.
Part I.: The Old Newark. Part II: Stories of Newark Streets.
Rankin was Newark's Chief Engineer in the Division of Sewers between 1929 and 1945. In his essay on "Prehistoric Highways" [pp.75-79] Rankin proposes that Newark's earliest streets were laid out over what were originally Indian trails. Available?
Running Brooks and Other Sketches of Early Newark.
Edward S. Rankin. Somerville, N.J., Unionist-Gazette, 1930. Available?
"Notes on Newark's Urban History,"
Jacques Gubler. Architecture et comportement/Architecture & Behaviour 4(2), 1988, 157-174.
"The originality of Newark's city plan lies in the way which the colonial settlement has been superimposed upon the Indian land pattern." Expands on the theory of Edward Rankin.

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