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Jersey City Timeline

1609 Henry Hudson anchored the "Half Moon" in New York Harbor
1630 Michael Pauw bought land for trading purposes on the west bank of the Hudson and called the area Pavonia
1633 Michael Paulusen, a Dutch trader, erected a dwelling at Paulus Hook
1636 Cornelius Van Vorst built a home near the present 4th and Henderson Streets
1643  Pavonia settlement destroyed by Indians
1646 Peter Stuyvesant became Director General of New Netherlands
1655 Pavonia settlement again destroyed by Indians
1660 Bergen Township established on site of the present-day Bergen Square
1779 Major "Light Horse" Harry Lee captured Paulus Hook fort from the British on August 19
1804 Associates of the Jersey Company bought Van Vorst family land and then sold lots in Paulus Hook on May 15
1804 Robert Fulton established his shipyard at Green and Morgan Streets; 8 years later sailed steamboat "The Jersey" to New York in 14 minutes
1820 The Paulus Hook area was incorporated as the City of Jersey City, but remained part of Bergen Township
1827 Joseph Dixon Crucible Company established
1829 The first police force, the Watch, was formed
1836 Morris Canal extension to Jersey City completed; railroad service begins
1838 Jersey City became independent of Bergen Township with Dudley Gregory as first mayor
1840 Hudson County was formed
1841 Van Vorst Township (Harsimus) separated from Bergen Township
1843 Bergen Township was divided into Bergen and North Bergen
1847 First Cunard liner docked at Jersey City, "The Hibernia"
1851 Township of Van Vorst added to Jersey City on March 18
1852 Town of Hudson separated from North Bergen
1862 Bayonne separated from Bergen
1863 Greenville separated from Bergen
1870 Hudson City, Bergen, and Jersey City consolidated
1871 New City Charter;first paid Fire Department
1872 First public high school, William L. Dickinson, named Superintendent of Schools
1873 Greenville joined jersey City on August 11, thereby giving Jersey City its present land boundaries
1894 Hudson (now Kennedy) Boulevard opened
1896 City Hall completed
1901 Main Library building opened
1904 Boonton reservoir opened
1908 First route of Hudson and Manhattan tubes (now PATH) opened
1916 "Black Tom" (now part of Liberty State Park) Explosion, July 30
1917 Frank Hague became mayor
1921 Dempsey-Carpentier fight at Boyle's 30 Acres, July 2
1924 Colgate erects new clock: largest outdoor timepiece in the world
1927 Holland Tunnel opened ten years before Lincoln Tunnel was dedicated
1931 Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital opened.
1937 Roosevelt Stadium opened
1946 Jackie Robinson broke organized baseball's "color line" at Roosevelt Stadium
1947 Hague retired as mayor
1949 Hague political organization defeated by John V. Kenny
1960 Jersey City Municipal government's Charter revised
1967 End of railroad ferry service to New York City
1976 Liberty State Park opened
1993 Liberty Science Center and Hall of Technology opened
1994 Ferry service to NY City resumes
1996 WALDO district created for artists
1997 Light rail construction begins

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