Morgan Mystery – “40 Horses”
Here is what was originally posted on September 12, 2009:
A number of people have asked what “40 Horses” was. I have no idea. Does anyone know?
This was one of the early topics on this Morgan-NJ.org web site and related to the name of something I don’t recall ever having heard in my few decades in Morgan. Readers very quickly responded to my question. Unfortunately all of that banter was lost when this web site was destroyed. Fortunately, I do still remember what the answer was though no one knew for certain precisely why it was named as such.
According to the readers of this web site, present or previous Morgan residents, “Big Suey” was another name for “40 Horses”. Great, so what was “Big Suey?” Big Suey was one of the hills – more like a small peninsula – which went from the top of the bluff, through the red/orange walled soil, down to the railroad tracks. You were able to access Big Suey via a number of ways: pathways from Midland Avenue (next to my aunt & uncle’s house) or Dodd Place, climbing up Big Suey from the railroad tracks, or a narrow foot path etched in the side of the hill from “Little Suey” the top of which was located at the cemetery.
Some thought the name “40 Horses” represented the number of horses which would have fit side by side on the hill. At this time, I really don’t know for certain but remain hopeful that someone will turn up something definitive sometime on this (as well as a picture). Thirty years ago, Big Suey was away from the houses and streets and provided an unobstructed view of the bay all the way from South Amboy to Sandy Hook. At the base, I believe, was an area which was called something like “The Moon” due to the mounds of dirt. Today, according to HistoricalAerials.com, what was once known as “Big Suey” or “40 Horses” is now a yard with a built-in pool which overlooks the circle at the north end of the Cliff Avenue extension. That’s progress, baby. I guess.
Originally posted on September 12, 2009, then October 1, 2013. Image added on October 2, 2016.