By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 24, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we welcome back Steve Kovacs fresh from a summer sojourn sharing a new look at the charm of the Big Apple’s nearest neighbor.

The Garden State

New Jersey was first explored by the Dutch and Swedish among the European nations, but the British took hold of it finally and established the Colony of New Jersey on June 24, 1664.

Some think of New Jersey as New York’s poor relative, but it turns out that the per capita median income is the highest in New Jersey among all states. 

It is highly urbanized along New York City and across from Philadelphia in the southwest.  Yet New Jersey’s forests cover nearly half of the state’s surface.

Both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are in New Jersey.  Sorry New York.  Two of the more famous sons of New Jersey are the Chairman, Frank Sinatra, and the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.

This map of the Garden State is from 1841 and was created by Tanner.

New Jersey: The Garden State – Circa 1941 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.