Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Public Transportation

Cooper’s Ferry

print depicting Cooper's Ferry

Cooper’s Ferry helped to establish an early transportation link between Philadelphia, all of New Jersey, and New York. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania


The first public transportation in the region was a ferry from Philadelphia to what is now Camden in 1688. This early line, though not a success, spawned additional ferry service and quickly established an early Philadelphia hinterland in New Jersey. This 1875 print purports to show Cooper’s Ferry in the late-eighteenth century. Cooper’s Ferry also helped to establish an early transportation link between Philadelphia, all of New Jersey, and New York.

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