Holes/pits near rr tracks in Pasadena

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About 200 feet south of the railway running parallel to Pasadena Road, east of where Buckingham Road crosses the tracks, I found three holes, about 3-4 feet deep, and maybe 10 feet across. There is nothing in them, though there are a number of old red bricks surrounding two of them. Any ideas what these are?
 

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These are likely vestiges of the Wheatland Land Improvement Company's attempt at establishing a development called "Pasadena." What you are looking at are the remains of the few buildings that were actually built in "Pasadena."

Scott W.
 

Ben Ruset

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Scott,

Do you have an idea of how much real estate was actually sold, and if any of it is still in private hands? I know there is a gun club back in the woods, but AFAIK, all of the cellar holes would be in Greenwood WMA.
 

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Ben,
The Wheatland Land Improvement Co. sold roughly 1200 parcels. These were small nineteenth-century parcels, however, that were only a fraction of the 1600 acre proposed development that spanned the borders of Ocean and Burlington Counties. The unfortunate reality of the situation is that many of the parcels were sold through mortgage with only a deposit on record to hold the land. In addition, when the development company collapsed, only a handful of structures were actually extant. Many of the mortgages were dissolved when the company went bankrupt, but a small percentage of the area actually remained in private hands until the 1960s when it was all taken over by the State parks. The deeds are on file at Ocean County, as is a plat map for the development.

Scott W.