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Jersey City, New Jersey

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Jersey City is the county seat of Hudson County and lies between the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay to its east and Hackensack River and Newark Bay to its west.

Timeline History

See Wikipedia for a complete History.


1804 - Land bought from Cornelius Van Vorst by the Associates of the Jersey Company; Streets of the Hook laid out
1812 - Steam ferry begins operating
1820 - "City of Jersey" incorporated in Bergen Township
1824 - Jersey Glass Company established
1825 - Jersey Porcelain and Earthenware Company incorporated
1833 - American Pottery Manufacturing Company in business.
1834 - New Jersey Railroad terminal and Paterson and Hudson River Railroad terminal established; Newark-Jersey City horsecar begins operating.
1835 - Jersey City Gazette newspaper begins publication
1836 - Morris Canal in operation
1838 - City renamed "Jersey City."
1840 - City becomes part of Hudson County
1847 - Jersey City Telegraph newspaper begins publication; Dixon Mills and Colgate & Company soap factory built
1851 - Van Vorst Township becomes part of city
1853 - Grace Church Van Vorst built
1856 - Taylor's Hotel in business
1862 - Breusing florists in business
1867 - Lincoln Association founded; Evening Journal newspaper begins publication
1868 - Hudson County Volksblatt German-language newspaper begins publication; Hudson City Savings Bank established
1869 - Bruckner's Variety Store in business
1870 - Hudson City and Bergen City become part of Jersey City; St. John's Episcopal Church built; Lorillard Tobacco Company relocates to Jersey City
1872 - Law Library Association founded; Saint Peter's College founded
1873 - Greenville becomes part of Jersey City
1874 - Abattoir and stockyards in operation; Jersey City Drug and Spice Mills in business
1876 - Aesthetic Society formed
1887 - Pavonia Terminal opens
1889 - Free Public Library established; Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal built
1890 - Svoboda Ukrainian-language newspaper begins publication; Hasbrouck Institute opens
1900 - Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company Warehouse built


1901 - Little Russian Greek Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul built; American Type Founders headquartered in city
1904 - People's Palace established
1905 - West Side Park opens
1906 - Colgate Clock installed
1907 - Block Drug Company established
1908 - Głos Narodu Polish-language newspaper in publication
1909 - Hudson Tubes begin operating to Manhattan
1910 - Lincoln High School established
1922 - Hudson Jewish News begins publication
1925 - Journal Square laid out
1927 - Holland Tunnel opens to Lower Manhattan
1929 - New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City and Loew's Jersey Theatre opens
1937 - Jersey City Giants baseball team formed
1951 - Carpathian Star newspaper begins publication
1974 - Hudson County Community College established
1980 - Novyĭ Amerikanets Russian-language newspaper begins publication
1986 - Manila Times East newspaper begins publication
1991 - Govinda Sanskar Kendra Center active
1993 - Liberty Science Center opens
1997 - Shiva Mandir shrine opens
1998 - Parts of Ellis Island deemed part of Jersey City per New Jersey v. New York 532 U.S. 767

21st century

2001 - Jersey City Museum opens
2005 - New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Humanitarian Mission headquartered in city
2011 - Golden Door Film Festival begins
2015 - Goya Foods opened their new Headquarters
2023 - The Museum of Jersey City History opens at The Apple Tree House


  • Bergen-Lafayette
  • Downtown
  • The Heights
  • Journal Square
  • Greenville
  • West Side

Jersey City's Hudson River waterfront, from Exchange Place to Newport, is known as Wall Street West. Port Jersey is an intermodal freight transport facility that includes a container terminal located on the Upper New York Bay in the Port of New York and New Jersey.


Bergen Square

Newkirk House

Wagenen House

Battle of Paulus Hook

Pavonia Terminal

Central RR of NJ Terminal

Ellis Island

Black Tom Explosion

Van Vorst Park

Hamilton Park


Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Hudson County Exhibitions