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Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Historic Trilogy

 
 
The Historic Trilogy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2013
1. The Historic Trilogy Marker
Inscription.
The term “Historic Trilogy” is used to represent the role the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) Terminal, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty played in American history. It was these three historic structures that greeted most of the immigrants arriving to the New York Harbor area during the wave of immigration of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Statue of Liberty, dedicated in 1886, was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. Its original intent was to symbolize a common belief in democracy. It quickly became a universal symbol of hope and freedom, especially to those immigrants fleeing political and religious persecution in Europe and the Soviet Union.

The Ellis Island Immigration Station opened in 1892 to process the 12 million immigrants pouring into the New York Harbor area. These people supplied the labor, and in some cases the expertise, which fueled the industrial revolution in this country. Today, over half of the people living in the U.S. can trace their ancestry back to those immigrants.

Completing the trilogy is the CRRNJ Terminal. Constructed in 1889, it was expanded to its current dimension in 1914, due to increased rail and ferry traffic. Besides transporting hundreds of thousands of commuters to New York City, the Terminal was used by about
The Historic Trilogy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2013
2. The Historic Trilogy Marker
The Statue of Liberty can be seen behind the marker.
two thirds of the immigrants processed on Ellis Island, finding their way to a new life.

The CRRNJ Terminal, the cornerstone of Liberty State Park, provides us with a concrete connection to the past. Listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places, its association with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remind us of our distinctive past.
 
Location. 40° 41.972′ N, 74° 2.903′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is on Liberty Walk, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on Liberty Walk on the riverfront 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. Changes in the Land (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Salt Marsh (approx. 0.3 miles away); The New Ferry Building – Ellis Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); The South Side of Ellis Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); The American Immigrant Wall of Honor ® (approx. half a mile away); Fort Gibson: The Other Ellis Island Story (approx. half a mile away); Fort Gibson: Uncovering the Past (approx. half a mile away); Delaware Indian Burials (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Jersey City.
 
More about this marker.
The Historic Trilogy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2013
3. The Historic Trilogy Marker
Ellis Island is visible behind the marker.
Pictures of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Immigration Center and the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal appear at the top of the marker.
 
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Marker in Liberty State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2013
4. Marker in Liberty State Park
Statue of Liberty image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2011
5. Statue of Liberty
Ellis Island Immigration Center image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2011
6. Ellis Island Immigration Center
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2011
7. Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
Another Historic Trilogy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2011
8. Another Historic Trilogy Marker
An identical marker can be found a short distance to the north, near the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal building.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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