Old Mine Road is a road in New Jersey and New York said by many to be the oldest continuously-used road in the United States of America. At a length of 104 miles, it stretches from Kittatinny Point in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to the vicinity of Kingston, New York. Among the many theories regarding the early history of the road, it is traditionally believed that Dutch miners began construction of the road in the 1600s in order to transport copper ore from mines along the Delaware River in Pahaquarry Township, New Jersey to Esopus (now Kingston) along the Hudson River in Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. Many historians, though, discount much of this tradition. Starting in the late 1600s, Dutch settlement began along the course of the road, which follows roughly the course of the later Delaware and Hudson Canal for its northern half, and the Delaware River in its southern half through the western edge of Sussex County and northern Warren County in northwestern New Jersey. The road exists today, and although much of its length in New York has been modernized, widened and incorporated into US 209, its length in New Jersey as the "Old Mine Road" is largely undeveloped as it travels through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, it still retains much of its historical and rural charm. Historic sites in both states assert the area's Dutch colonial heritage through the preservation of many homes, farms and churches.
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