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Highland Park, New Jersey is in Middlesex County. It was formed in 1905 after it seceded from the Raritan Township, which is now named Edison. In 1685, John Inian purchased land on both banks of the Raritan River and built a landing on each side of the river. He established a ferry service there. A toll bridge replaced the ferry in 1795, and after a few other iterations, the Lincoln Highway Bridge was built in 1914. In 1909, the newly chosen head of Queen's College, Reverend John Henry Livingston, bought a 150-acre plot which was named the Livingston Manor. This home is still standing. Queen's College would eventually become Rutgers University. In the middle of the 1800s, the Delaware & Raritan Canal as well as a railroad were built in Raritan. Soon the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company built a rail line with a terminus in town. Agriculture remained the center of the borough's economy until the development of industry including a brewery, wallpaper factory, and Flako products which packaged mixes for cakes and other baked goods.in the early 20th century.

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