As Seen From Kaighn Avenue
August 2, 2006

... but first, let's go back in time....

Needless to say, everything on the right side of the river, the north side of the Cooper River, is East Camden. This picture is roughly 15-20 years prior to the building of the Delaware River (Ben Franklin Bridge) and the building of the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. This picture pf the Cooper River was taken from a spot along the river roughly behind the site of the present-day Camden High School.

The City Commission of the City of Camden on December 1, 1927 changed the name of Forest Hill Park to Farnham Park, in appreciation of the late Levi E. Farnham, City Engineer of Camden for thirty years

The House in the Lake - August 2, 2006
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Once a beautiful part of Farnham Park, this section was ruined when the County-owned dam was allowed to fall into disrepair. The park was flooded, and has been a ruin ever since. The City of Camden is often blamed, quite unfairly, for this horrible situation.

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Life on the River - August 2, 2006

Another myth about this stretch of the Cooper River is that it is so badly polluted that it is, in fact, a dead river. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Since the suburban towns stopped pouring sewage into the Cooper back in the 1980s, the river has been cleaning itself and coming back to life. 

Many people fish the Cooper regularly, and the river will once again be safe for swimming in a few years. In the meantime, the Cooper provides food to a variety of birds.

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Life on the River, Part II - August 2, 2006

In this short series... only three images, a group of very small birds can be seen feeding from the Cooper. 

I did not see the birds in the pictures above and below when I took the photograph, as they were quite small.

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Beyond the Banks - August 2, 2006

I took these photographs from Kaighn Avenue, west of the bridge that spans the Cooper. Before the commercial properties on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard were razed, this shot would have been filled with buildings and activity. From this vantage point today, there is little evidence of any human activity at all; only Discount Liquors on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard at Thorndyke Avenue, can be seen clearly.

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