Introduction to Edison, New Jersey
Edison is bordered to the south by the Raritan River in Middlesex County. It was placed at the 28th position for the most livable small city in the country by Money Magazine. It's recognized as a middle class and upper middle class city which includes a large number of ethnic neighborhoods.
Edison serves as a major transportation center for the distribution of goods due to the large network of highways traversing through the town which lead to numerous large cities. It's also a major center for rail transportation. Raritan Center is one of the biggest industrial parks east of the Mississippi River.
The municipality was originally included in the Woodbridge Township and the Piscataway Township during the late 17th century. In 1954 the city was renamed in tribute to the well known inventor Thomas Edison. In 1876 Thomas Edison created the nearby Menlo Park Laboratory. During this time he developed some of his well known inventions including the phonograph as well as an incandescent light bulb filament.
The population experienced significant growth during the second portion of the 19th century primarily due to the attractive rural setting which became easier to access with the arrival of the Pennsylvania Railroad. During the late 1800's a large number of residents commuted to their jobs in New York and areas of New Jersey.
Edison is served by the Newark International Airport. Edison Station provides train service to New York City and Trenton.
Edison is home to Middlesex County College.
- Inman Sports Club.
- Menlo Park Mall.
- Oak Tree Pond was a battle ground site during the American Revolutionary War.
- Roosevelt Park.
- The Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum features a large number of his inventions such as light bulbs and a Light-O-Matic Radio.
- Edison Fall Family Spectacular Music Festival.
- Ash Brook Reservation.
- Nearby Farrington Lake offers noteworthy hiking trails.
- The Cheesequake State Park Campground includes scenic wooded areas.