Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Winslow Township and the Hammonton area, New Jersey (12-10-15)

 by Chris Chaos

On 12-10-15 we took a tour of Winslow Township and the Hammonton area, here are a few of the highlights:

"Emilio Carranza Memorial"
Site of where the Mexican pilot crashed his plane.


The first stop on our trip today, when approaching the location something caught our eye so we stopped the car and walked through the Pine Barrens to see what it was. Upon approach it appeared to me a makeshift memorial in the style of what you see on the side of the road when someone gets hit by a car and dies. But it was just a grouping of balloon that must have blown into this location. So we jumped back in our car and ventured down to the memorial site.


A newer video that we produced concerning the memorial

Pulling up it was a unseasonably warm December day, but perfect for a hike into the Pine Barrens. We were glad to see that the site is still being maintained and has not become a victim of vandals. The memorial is a peaceful location and not prone to overcrowding or a tourist trap.

You can find out more about this location by watching our older video

"Mighty Joe the Gorilla Statue"
According to a random traveler on Route 206, he cost $50,000 to be built in Spain.
Joe used to inhabit the go karts down in Wildwood, then in the late 90's he was brought to the gas station owned by Larry Valenzano and named after his son, who was a former body builder who died of a brain tumor.


"MR. BILL’S CONEY ISLAND RESTAURANT"
(Muffler Man with Alfred E. Neuman's body)
A popular NJ landmark restaurant that featured one of the NJ faves, the Muffler Man, but with the popular half wit's face, Alfred E. Neuman, of MAD Magazine fame. This location has shutdown and it's second location located in Cherry Hill NJ has also shutdown.

 Mr. Bill with Chris Chaos

The location is currently for sale:
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"The Blue Hole"
Fabled stomping ground of the Jersey Devil and many stories are associated with this location such as strong currents pulling swimmers down into this bottomless pit. The water is always cold no matter the time of the year and as you approach the hole there is virtually no sound.


Feel free to learn more about the Blue Hole by reading our previous article:

THE BLUE HOLE

The very clear and reflective Blue Hole

Video of the Blue Hole

"Winslow Train Graveyard"
Site of the Southern Railroad Company of NJ/Winslow Junction, there are only approximately 15 or so cars left here in the graveyard. The train derailment also occurred at this location back in 1922.


"Hitting a Deer"
Normally on our trips we run into a lot of interesting things, but this was ridiculous. Upon leaving the train graveyard it was already dark outside and we were traveling to our next destination. Luckily we were only going about 25 mph when a deer darted out in front of the car and clipped the passenger side of the front of the car. The deer spun a few times then ran off into the wood, when we stopped to inspect the car it also appeared to be fine.

"Memory Lane"
While researching this trip I saw an adjacent road called Memory Lane in the area, so we just had to venture there so that we could take a trip down memory lane. We arrived at this location just after we hit the deer and it was dark out.


"The Robot Auto Part Sculptures"
An interesting display of several robots made out of random auto parts.


Chris Chaos prior to joining Skynet


Here is a video that features the robots along with some other guests from a different outing

More to come!

(Chris Chaos is a long time resident of South Jersey who once again resides in and writes from Gloucester City, New Jersey. He is a filmmaker, a business owner, writer, urban explorer and investigator of the odd and weird, a proud parent, happily taken and a connoisseur of hot wings. Chris can be reached at AxisVideo@aol.com)