New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hudson River Railroad
On this site stood, in 1861, the station of the Hudson River Railroad
The first passenger to use it was Abraham Lincoln who came to New York on February 19, 1861, on the way to his inauguration as President of the United States
His funeral train left here on April 25, 1865, for Springfield, Illinois
This tablet placed February 19, 1941, by the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society
Frank C. Walker – Post Master General
Albert Goldman – Post Master, New York
Erected 1941 by The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is February 19, 1861.
Location. 40° 45.057′ N, 73° 59.907′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of West 3oth StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 340 9th Ave, New York NY 10199, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lamartine Place Historic District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) (about 600 feet away); P.O. David Willis Basketball Court (about 600 feet away); Church of the Holy Apostles (about 600 feet away); Chelsea Doughboy Statue (about 600 feet away); Chelsea WW I Memorial (about 600 feet away); High Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Sloane Memorial Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The presentation of the plaque was to commemorate the opening of the Hudson River Railroad’s 30th Street passenger station on the same site, exactly 80 years later almost to the minute. The station first opened to rail traffic on the afternoon of February 19, 1861 to accommodate the special train carrying President-elect Lincoln to Washington.
The late Warren Jacobs was probably the driving force behind getting the plaque placed. Warren was a career railroader (NYNH&H), a devoted student of railroad history and one of the founding members of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. In 1941 Warren Jacobs was R&LHS Secretary and he was joined at the ceremony by Charles Fisher, legendary President of R&LHS, and Rogers Whitaker, a New Yorker Magazine editor/writer (a.k.a. E.M. Frimbo) and Chairman of the New York Chapter.
—Tommy Meehan, Dec 31, 2018
Also see . . .
1. New York Central Railroad: Hudson River Railroad. Wikipedia entry:
The Hudson River Railroad (1846-1864) was absorbed into Cornelius Vanderbilt's New York Central Railroad. (Submitted on January 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. The Hudson River and the Hudson River Railroad — 1851. Catskill Archive entry:
A look at the line at this time (Submitted on January 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Additional keywords. 30th Street station
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.