From the Hills to the Hudson by Walter Lucas Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road
From the Hills to the Hudson by Walter Lucas Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road
From the Hills to the Hudson by Walter Lucas Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road
From the Hills to the Hudson by Walter Lucas Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road

From the Hills to the Hudson by Walter Lucas Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road

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From the Hills to the Hudson by Walter Lucas Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road
 
From the Hills to the Hudson by Walter Lucas
Hard Cover
Copyright 1944
319 Pages
FROM THE HILLS TO THE HUDSON
A History of the PATERSON AND HUDSON RIVER RAIL ROAD and Its Associates
THE PATERSON AND, RAMAPO, AND THE UNION RAILROADS.
By WALTER ARNDT LUCAS

TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTERSPAGE
1. Stage Coach Days. 1774 to 1828 1
2. Obtaining the Charter of the Paterson and Hudson River
Rail Road 1828 to 1831 31
3. Constructing the First Section of the Paterson and Hudson
River Rail Road 1831 to 1832 49
4. The First Trip and Completion of the Railroad.1831
to 1835 83
5. Steam Arrives, 1885 and Events Following 148
6. Beginnings of the Paterson and Ramapo.1841 to 1848..193
7. The Paterson and Ramapo completed. The Union Rail-
road.1848 to 1851 213
8. A Period of Accidents.1851 235
9. The New York and Erie Gains Possession. 1852 243
10. From Civil War Days to the Present, 1861 to 1944273
11.Motive Power and Rolling Stock 284
Appendix 314
PREFACE
The great Erie Railroad systern in common with other large railroads, is composed of numerous smaller corporations that have been absorbed during the many years of its long existence. Three of these corporations, the Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road, the Paterson and Ramapo Railroad and the Union Railroad have long been forgotten by the general public and it is the purpose of this volume to record the events that took place leading to the establishment and operation of each road.
Few people realize when riding on an Erie Railroad train today between Jersey City and Paterson that they are traveling on the right of way of one of the oldest railroads in the United States and the second railroad built and opened to traffic in the state of New Jersey. This is the property of the Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road Company and the section of track running from the Hackensack river to Twenty-first avenue, Paterson is operated on the original line as constructed elevdecades ago. That part of the original road from the Hackensack river to the west side of Bergen Hill is now part of the Erie railroad freight yard extending from Secaucus to Jersey City at West End. The other end of the line in Paterson which was located between Twenty-first avenue and the corner of Main and Grand streets, has long since been abandoned.
Essentially this narrative is a part of the history of the city of Paterson and of the Erie railroad. During a century and a half of Paterson's existence there has been very little written by local historians regarding the early transportation that connected the manufacturing town with the market and seaport of New York.
Construction was commenced on the Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road in Paterson on July 4, 1831 and a portion of the road, to Acquackanonk (Passaic) was opened to traffic in June 1832. The remainder of the line to Jersey City was completed in 1834 and a connection made with the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company, then building from Newark to Jersey City, enabling them to reach the ferry to New York. Horses furnished the motive power for the first three years of operation.
The Paterson and Hudson River Rail Road provided the avenue of commerce which contributed to Paterson's growth and prosperity for many years. Also its founders had the vision to perceive the eventual extension of the railroad northward and its combining with the New York and Erie railroad. 'They saw the latter's contemplated eastern terminal at Piermont, or at any


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