This weekly feature is brought to you by the Meadowlands Commission's Parks Department to give you some historical background on how local places, landmarks, and geographical features  got their name.

Mill Creek Point Park, Secaucus

Millstone       In the 1760s sawmills and gristmills operated in Secaucus, along the tributaries that flowed into the Hackensack River.  One of the grist mills, built around 1840, stood on the left bank of Mill Creek.  

   Above, a 700-pound millstone featured at the park.  The park logo is a stylized millstone. 

   Next week: When Mill Creek Point was a marina.

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