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Cranberry Lake (Summit Switch), New Jersey

MP 52.81 (DL&W) 4.3 (SRR)

Telegraph Call: CD


Cranberry Lake Station

This post card view shows Cranberry Lake at it's height.


The first station at Cranberry Lake (originally known as 'the reservoir',) was a 21 x 15 ft. open shelter structure was built in 1898. In the period between 1902 to about 1910 the lake experienced a rise and fall in activity, both railroad and social. The Lackawanna developed a peninsula on Cranberry Lake into a parkland resort where city folk could come on Sundays for a one-day excursion into the countryside. The rudimentary station shelter was moved, enclosed to become a ticket office, and the platform was extended from 400 to 800 feet. In 1903 and a large hotel was built on the lake to accommodate vacationers.

Within ten years however, the holiday crowds had degraded into drunken revelers and the charm of Cranberry lake had disappeared, to both the excursionists and the locals around it. In 1910 the Hotel burned down and soon after the bridge was torn out. By 1920 the station was once again a rude shelter and by 1943, when the station closed, Cranberry lake was a flag stop.


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