Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society

US Army Garrison Picatinny Arsenal (USAG Picatinny)

The Blue Tour

Saturday, May 4, 2024
12pm to 3pm

Rockaway Township Public Library

Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society

US Army Garrison Picatinny Arsenal (USAG Picatinny)

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On September 6th, 1880, the War Department established the Dover Powder Depot; four days later, its name was changed to the “Piccatinny Powder Depot.” Piccatinny is a Lenape Native American word that means “rugged cliff by water” or “water by the hills.”

In June 1891, 315 acres of the Depot near Lake Denmark were transferred to the U.S. Navy for the establishment of a powder depot known as the Lake Denmark Naval Ammunition Depot.

In 1907, the Army altered the name of the Depot to Picatinny Arsenal and established its first powder factory on the site. While continuing to produce munitions, the Arsenal moved towards research and development with the start of a school to instruct officers in weaponry sciences.

Picatinny Arsenal is home to the Joint Program Executive Office for Armaments and Ammunition. The scope of Armaments work at Picatinny spans the entire life cycle of managing the development, procurement, and delivery of systems to the Warfighter.

If weather conditions allow, a large Cannon Gate portrait backdrop will be stationed at Bldg 151 for attendees to have their photo taken with.

RSVPs are required for the Picatinny tour due to Security- RSVPs should be sent to picatinnyhistory@gmail.com.

Tours will start at 1200 and once you are RSVPed, more info will follow via email once the date gets closer on where to meet, access to the Arsenal, and so forth. We will run one (1) tour only.  Once the attendees are on the Arsenal for the tour per their RSVP, we may go to other locations (if we have time) by vehicle escort.

*NCIC background check needed for ALL VISITORS in each vehicle:

  • Vehicle Make/Model/License Plate number.
  • Have Driver’s License, Insurance Card and Registration ready to show guard(s) at Security Booth by the Visitor Center.
  • Follow directions given (basically following straight thru the Cannon Gate) to Bldg 151 for adjacent parking and start of tour.
This year's Pathways tour features topics of discussion established annually by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC).