Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Changes in the Land
The land we know as Liberty State Park has undergone many changes. Known to the Lenape Indians as Communipaw Cove, it was a place of saltmarshes and oysters. Later Dutch and English settlers harvested salt hay for their livestock. To native people and early settlers, the saltmarsh provided resources necessary for survival.
The 19th century brought many changes. The area became a vital transportation hub. The railroads needed access to deep water shipping lanes and gradually filled the shallow marshlands. Over 200 million cubic yards of fill material, mostly construction debris and other refuse from New York City, was used to cover the marsh. The diagram above shows the filling process.
Today, construction within the Park often uncovers artifacts from the past. Ceramic bottles and pipes, glassware, artillery and twelve inch oyster shells are testimony to a previous time.
Location. 40° 41.932′ N, 74° 2.982′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is on Liberty Walk, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on Liberty Walk near 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 The Historic Trilogy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Salt Marsh (approx. 0.2 miles away); The New Ferry Building – Ellis Island (approx. half a mile away); The South Side of Ellis Island (approx. half a mile away); The American Immigrant Wall of Honor ® (approx. 0.6 miles away); Morris Pesin’s Legendary Canoe Trip Which Launched Liberty State Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Liberation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Gibson: The Other Ellis Island Story (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. A map at the top of the marker shows the original outlines of Liberty Island. Ellis Island and Jersey City and how they increased over the years.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 256 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.