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Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA

"Elizabeth, a city and the capital of Union co., N.J., 2 miles W. of Newark Bay, 5 miles S.S.W. of Newark, and 14 miles W.S.W. of the city of New York. It is connected with these and other cities by the Central Railroad of New Jersey and two of its branches which terminate here, and by the New York division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It has wide straight streets, which cross one another at right angles and are lighted with gas. It contains a court-house, a city hall, 31 churches, an opera-house, 2 national banks, 2 state banks, 2 high schools, a savings-bank, an orphan asylum, and printing-offices which issue 3 daily, 1 semi weekly, and 2 weekly newspapers. Among its churches are 3 or 4 Baptist, 5 Catholic, 1 Congregational, 4 Episcopal, 1 German Lutheran, 5 Methodist, 1 Moravian, and 7 Presbyterian. Several of the churches are large and elegant buildings. Elizabeth has also 4 academies and institutes, a business college, 2 public halls, and 5 masonic lodges. Many persons whose business is in New York reside in this city. Here is a large manufactory of the Singer sewing-machines, which employs about 4000 work men. The city has also 2 or 3 manufactories of oil-cloth, 2 potteries, and other manufactories, among the products of which are hats, saws, mill-machinery, stoves, harness, hardware, cordage, edge-tools, and combs. Elizabeth is divided into 12 wards, and was formerly the capital of the state. That part of the city which is popularly called Elizabethport is on Staten Island Sound, 2 miles S.E. of the centre of Elizabeth, 7 miles S. of Newark, and 12 miles S.W. of New York. It is on the Central Railroad of New Jersey, at the junction of the Long Branch division. Its prosperity is derived chiefly from manufactures and commerce. It contains 5 or more churches, several iron-foundries, &c., and is a leading place in the shipment of anthracite coal. It is accessible for boats at high water with a draught of 22 feet at least. Pop. of Elizabeth in 1860, 11,567; in 1870, 20,832; in 1880, 28,229; in 1890, 37,764."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Worlds War Monument, City Hall Park, Elizabeth, N.J.

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Central R. R. Station. Elizabeth, N. J.

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Broad Street

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E. Jersey St. From Second St., Showing No. 1 School and Clark Club House

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El Mora Section of Elizabeth, N.J.

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Stiles Street

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West Jersey Street

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Westminster Church, 1906


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West Jersey Street, West from Cherry Street, 1907

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Elizabeth Ave. From "Minute Man", 1909

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Christ Church

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Elks' Home

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Elizabeth General Hospital

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Post Office, North Broad St.

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South Broad Street, North from South Street

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Singer Sewing Machine Factory


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St. James M.E. Church

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Westminster Avenue

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Orphan Asylum, Elizabeth, N. J. (1917)

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Clark Club House

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Elizabeth Ave. showing Court House

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Union County Trust Co.

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Elizabeth Avenue


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New City Hall

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Union County Court House

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Winfield Scott Hotel

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Hotel Elizabeth Carteret

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Thomas A. Edison Vocational School

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  • 1859
    ELIZABETH, a township of Essex co., in the state of New Jersey, U.S., bordered on the E by Newark-bay and Staten-island, and watered by Bound and... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - April 2 - Some of the Queer Happenings of a Few Days.
    Mr. Pritchard, residing in Elizabeth, N.J., has two sons in the tea business in Japan. About two years ago, after a visit to his father's residence,... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - FATAL RAILROAD ACCIDENT. Two Freight Trains Crash Together at Elizabeth.
    A big smashup of freight cars occurred Saturday evening on the Pennsylvania Railroad at the Murray street crossing, Elizabeth, and was the indirect... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - Fire Follows Train Crash. Engineer Who Stuck to his Post Slightly Hurt in Elizabeth Accident.
    Elizabeth, N.J., Nov. 21.- A Dunnellen local train on the Central Railroad of New Jersey crashed into a standing coal train at Chilton Street at 4:05 ... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - FOUR KILLED BY TRAIN - Boys Struck While Crossing Bridge at Elizabeth, N. J.
    Two bodies fell into street

    Lads were returning from base ball game and did not hear the train. Father of one collapses on hearing of... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Elizabeth, a city and the capital of Union co., N.J., 3 miles W. of Newark Bay, 4 miles SSW. of Newark, and 12 mile* SW. of the city of New York. It... Read MORE...

  • News  1930 - BLAME BROKEN PIPE LINE FOR BLAST THAT KILLED 10. MANY OF THOSE HURT WILL DIE OR BE BLINDED. NAPTHA FLAMES, AFTER EXPLOSION IN PLANT, CAUSE BURNS.
    Elizabeth, N.J., Feb. 19. (AP) - The ranks of 60 injured workmen, who were seared with exploding naptha at a Standard Oil refinery late yesterday,... Read MORE...

  • 1964 - August 12 - Race riot in Elizabeth NJ
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