Reading the Landscape: 45

RIP Watchung, NJ Sears.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/nj_sears_among_20_locations_to_close_report_says.html#incart_river_home

As unlikely as it was, your Legend of Watchung mural was part of what sparked my interest in history. I hope the town preserves it.

Writers Without Money

DSC05116-001The Sears Roebuck store at the foot of the Watchung Hills near Plainfield, NJ has one of the most interesting murals I’ve ever seen in a nondescript chain store. Beneath the painting is a plaque. The type is too small for a blog sized photo, but I’ll cut and paste the words from the town of Watchung’s website.

Around 1670, a group of Dutch settlers was traveling from the Amboys up an old Indian trail which is now Somerset Street. They were under the leadership of Captain Michaelson. The Watchung tribe of the Lenni-Lenape Indians was traveling the same trail for their summer trip to the ocean to fish and collect shells for wampum.

During the night the settlers were camped near what is now the center of the Borough. Deer Prong, an advance scout for Chief One Feather’s tribe, was shot when he surprised a sentry. During the…

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