Trash and treasure: Historic Burlington Island is ready for a comeback — but first it needs a major cleanup

Burlington Island

HENRY SAVAGE / PHILLY.COM – Just off the coast of Burlington City, in the middle of the Delaware River with a view of the Burlington Bristol Bridge, sits a 400-acre treasure that was once home to a colonial-era trading post, Main Line residents on summer break, and a 1920s amusement park.

The walking paths of the serene Burlington Island wrap around a freshwater lake that rests in the center, where a bald eagle’s nest overlooks the site as its perpetual protector.

But despite its natural splendor, Burlington Island is also a dump …

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