Montague Township sits at the high point of New Jersey, cradled by the Delaware River and the Kittatinny Mountains, where New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania converge. The Dutch initially settled in the Minisink Valley and helped define the character of the area. Founded in 1759, the township evolved along the river, which encouraged trade and travel, and on the legendary Old Mine Road, a Native American trail and trade route. By 1826, the Milford Bridge was built and would serve as a gateway to the Pocos. Following the Civil War, farms dotted the landscape, and city residents escaped the industrial boom by frequenting the Brick House and Rock View hotels and neighboring summer boarding homes. The range of vistas served as inspiration for John Newton Howitt and other artists. With progress and infrastructure heralding change, High Point State Park and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area were formed to protect natural resources, yet historic structures within them vanished.