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Author Jackson, Robert W. (Robert Wendell), 1950-

Title Highway under the Hudson : a history of the Holland Tunnel / Robert W. Jackson

Publisher New York : New York University Press, c2011


 McDonald 2nd Floor  TA820.N44 J33 2011    AVAILABLE
Call # TA820.N44 J33 2011
Descript v, 266 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Every year, more than thirty-three million vehicles traverse the Holland Tunnel, making their way from Jersey City and Lower Manhattan. From tourists to commuters, many cross the tunnel's 1.6 mile corridor on a daily basis, and yet few know much about this amazing feat of early 20th-century engineering. How was it built, by whom, and at what cost? These and many other questions are answered in Highway under the Hudson, Robert W. Jackson's story about this seminal structure in the history of urban transportation. In this meticulously researched work, Jackson provides the first complete history of the planning, financing and construction of the Holland Tunnel. Dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World" when it opened in 1927, the Holland Tunnel was the longest vehicular tunnel in the world st the time of its construction. In Highway under the Hudson, Jackson explains the economic forces which led to the need for the tunnel, and details the extraordinary political and social politicking that took place on both sides of the Hudson River to enable its construction. He introduces us to important figures in the tunnel's history, such as New Jersey Governor Walter E. Edge, who, more than anyone else, made the dream of a tunnel a reality; George Washington Goethals (builder of the Panama Canal and namesake of the Goethals bridge), the first chief engineer of the project; engineers Ole Singstad, who designed the ventilation system, and Clifford Holland, the chief engineer for whom the tunnel is named; New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel commissioners Thomas Albeus Adams and John F. Boyle, who tried to profit from the tunnel's construction; Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague, who blocked completion of the tunnel until the New York Bridge and Tunnel Commission agreed to pay for street improvements in his city; and the compressed-air workers (called "sandhogs") who risked their lives to build the tunnel. Fully illustrated with more than 50 beautiful photographs and drawings, Jackson's story of the Holland Tunnel is one of great human drama, with heroes and villains, that illustrates how great things are accomplished, and at what price
Contents The impetus -- Vexing questions -- A coal famine -- The wedding ring -- A controversy acute and personal -- Political and petty tampering -- Another long and costly delay -- A tempest in a teapot -- The sandhogs -- The Holland Tunnel -- One work complete -- Fires, blasts rip Holland Tunnel -- Built to last forever
Subject Holland Tunnel (Jersey City, N.J., and New York, N.Y.) -- History
Tunnels -- New York (State) -- New York -- Design and construction -- History -- 20th century
City planning -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century
Urban transportation -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1898-1951
New York (N.Y.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government -- 1898-1951