Wednesday, March 7, 2012
1912: Willey Subdivides Old Rowan Farm
Eugene S. Willey purchased Andrew K. Rowan's farm in 1900. Pictured is the subdivision plat map filed by Willey in 1912. These old plan maps always prove interesting as does this one when viewing the portion between Independence Avenue and the bluff behind the Watson House. The streets to the south of Independence Avenue never were constructed. Park and Lake Avenues do not extend beyond Independence Avenue. Watson Avenue coincides with today's Westcott Avenue. It is interesting that Overlook Avenue was planned to run behind the Watson House and that Rowan Avenue was to be extended (indicated by the word CONTINUATION). The dark line coming from Schiller Avenue, down Park Avenue and turning left on Independence, is the trolley tracks of the Camden and Trenton Railway.