Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snake Hill

As much as this blog is titled Maps in Pixels, I think it is important to feature material which may not have been published originally in digital form.  There is such a wealth of geographic information which lies outside of the digital realm, and what has been accomplished over the last few decades is but a drop in the bucket. Not to mention that the earth itself is inherently not in digital form!
If you have ever driven on the eastern spur of the New Jersey Turnpike, you have been on Snake Hill.  It is a big jagged rock sprouting out of the Meadowlands in Secaucus, and supposedly inspired the Prudential logo and slogan.  Today this geological oddity has been chipped away to half of its original size and covered with random graffiti.  Some folks, who think "Snake Hill" is a name with negative connotations, try to call it by the refreshingly original name of "Laurel Hill".
For folks interested in the history of the area, there's a few pages about it in this awesome book:
This book was published by the town for its 50th anniversary in 1950. It has some neat old pictures too, but only one of Snake Hill.
If you want to read the article detailing the area, here it is:
I have to admit, Slangenberg sounds a lot nicer than what it means. Could you imagine what would happen if there was a Slangenberg Airport? You know what that would obviously lead to (hint: slangen means snakes, and airport means planes).

1 comment:

  1. for anybody interested i started a group on facebook. Snake Hill: New Jerseys cover up! iv put together articles and also artifacts iv found there.