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Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
 
The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2008
1. The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Marker
 
Inscription. This terminal was completed in June, 1889 and became fully operational on October 6, 1889. For almost 80 years it served as the main passenger terminal for the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey at this strategic Jersey City waterfront location.

The terminal is the second to be located here. The first was a wooden structure which opened July 29, 1864 when the railroad was completed between Elizabethport and Jersey City, following the construction of a bridge across NewarkBay.

Prior to the late 1850ís, the land comprising Liberty State Park was Communipaw Bay, and extended from the waterfront to near the present location of the New Jersey Turnpike. It was filled in by the Central Railroad over a period of more than 50 years.

Between 1912 and 1914 the passenger terminal underwent a major expansion, which included the construction of the present Bush type train shed and the massive concourse between the shed and the depot. During its peak period of operation in 1929, more than 65,000 people a day passed through the terminal riding on more than 350 trains that required over 850 train movements each day.

As a result of a long, slow decline in business, passenger service was diverted inland to Newark. In 1966, the extensive passenger and freight facilities of the railroad were sold to the State of New Jersey.
 
Marker in Liberty State Park Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2008
2. Marker in Liberty State Park
 
On April 30, 1967 the terminal ceased passenger operations. It was the end of an era.

The terminal complex eventually became part of the newly developed Liberty State Park. It is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry, which has undertaken the restoration of this historic railroad terminal.

This historic marker is erected to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of this terminal by the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey Employees Association on September 30, 1989.
 
Erected 1989 by Central Railroad Company of New Jersey Employees Association.
 
Location. 40° 42.455′ N, 74° 2.112′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker can be reached from Audrey Zapp Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in Liberty State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central Railroad of NJ Employees (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Trilogy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) Terminal (within shouting distance of this marker); Empty Sky: New Jersey (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) Terminal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bridge of Nations (approx. half a mile away); Paulus Hook (approx. half a mile away); Delaware Indian Burials (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jersey City.
 
The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Volker Schmidt, May 2010
3. The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Marker
 

 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains images of the CRRNJ terminal, the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey and the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey logo.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Liberty State Park. (Submitted on November 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Liberty State Park. (Submitted on November 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2008
4. The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
This historic terminal is located on the shore of the Hudson River, just across from downtown Manhattan. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are both visible from this building.
 
 
The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Photo, Click for full size
By Volker Schmidt, May 1, 2010
5. The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
 
 
Inside the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Photo, Click for full size
By Volker Schmidt, May 1, 2010
6. Inside the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
 
 
Inside the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 3, 2008
7. Inside the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
The inside of the terminal has been restored to its original appearance. It contains exhibits on the railroad, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the terrorist attack of 9/11/2001.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,162 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on April 30, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany.   4. submitted on November 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on April 30, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany.   7. submitted on November 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
 
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