National Geographic : 1960 Jan
National Geographic, January, 1960 an intelligent, articulate State trapper whose job is to catch beavers and deer and musk rats and raccoons in areas where they aren't wanted and to transfer them alive to spots where they are welcome. One fall day Joe showed me how he traps foxes. We walked down a woods road where foxes run seeking food. Joe knelt down, care fully placed a trap and lure, expertly sprinkled dirt to conceal the trap. He looked up. "Did you know most foxes are right-footed?" he asked. "No," I replied doubtfully. "Yup. I put a little scent on the right side of the trail and the trap on the left. While MIr. Fox digs for the scent with his ri:ht paw, he puts his weight on his left-square into the trap." Little things like that escape the beginner. Little things like that also make a day with Joe Taylor something for which I will return to Wallpack Center at every chance. Three centuries ago Dutch miners came down this valley and mined copper at Paha quarry in the Kittatinnys. They lugged their ore overland to what is now Kingston, in New York State. Some authorities claim that the Old Mine Road, built in the mid-1600's, was the first true highway in the United States. The old copper mine is still open, though to day it is part of a Boy Scout camp. Old Mines Still Yield "Black Stone" Those Scouts hear Indian tales of the days when the country was young, when the Iela ware River to3k on the rocky Kittatinnys and wore them down. That victory gave an everlasting gift to scenery: the Delaware Water Gap, a thing of beauty, where the river twists between craggy, tree-covered slopes.* In days long past the north Jersey moun * See "Today on the Delaware, Penn's Glorious River," by Albert W. Atwood, NATIONAL GEOGRAPIIIC, July, 1952.