Bell Labs: Part II

Up close and personal! and possibly trespassing. I was looking for a visitor's center.

According to a pamphlet I picked up at the library (In & About Union County… From Berkeley Heights to Winfield. 2010. Presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; p. 13):

The 1941 establishment of Bell Laboratories, the research facility, had a tremendous impact on development in the area. Subdivisions rapidly consumed farmland.

Architecturally speaking, although Bell Labs was established in 1941, this grand front entrance wasn’t built until about 30 years later. Here are some links to other people’s old aerial shots of the campus (not mine!):

1959. No grand entrance! Early 1960s? I'm guessing by the slight tree growth from 1959. Early 1970s? I'm guessing by the cars.

It’s actually been interesting to note that most of the manhole covers in New Providence are (A) dated, and (B) almost entirely from the 1940s-1960s, presumably when families were pouring into New Providence and new housing developments (and, consequently, extensions to the sewer systems) were being built.

(Side note: I have a thing for manholes. 🙂 )

On a completely different note— this is just according to Wikipedia, mind you, so take it with a grain of salt— those two big chimneys aren’t chimneys at all. They’re Yagi antennae currently in use by the New Providence school district to link its own wireless LAN computer networks together. I don’t even know if that’s possible, but that’s what I’ve got.


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