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Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA

"Newark, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Essex co., N.J., on the Passaic River, about 4 miles from its entrance into Newark Bay, and 9 miles from New York City, with which it is connected by 5 railroads. Lat. 40° 45' N. ; lon. 74° 10' W. It is the largest city in the state. It is regularly laid out, with wide, straight streets crossing each other at right angles, the principal of these-Broad street and Market street—intersecting each other at about the centre of the city. There are in all about 194 miles of improved streets, of which some 53 miles are paved and 98 miles are sewered. Three large public squares front on Broad street, all adorned with stately elm- and maple-trees and illuminated at night by electric lights. The streets are also brilliantly lighted by electricity and gas. In 1892 the city introduced a new water supply from the N.W. section of the state at a cost of $6,000,000. Chief of the public buildings are the home of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, at the corner of Broad and Bank streets, constructed of gray stone, 13 stories high, fire-proof, and equipped with the latest devices for convenience and luxury; the United States government building, of Indiana stone, for the post-office and custom-house; the Fidelity Title and Deposit Company's building, of red granite, The Free Library, and several new and elegant church edifices. The railroads which connect Newark with New York are the Pennsylvania, the New Jersey Central, the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, the New York, Lake Erie & Western, and the New York terminal branch of the Lehigh Valley. There is also a steamboat line to New York, and the Morris Canal, from the Pennsylvania coal-fields, runs through the city on its way to the Hudson River. Street railroads traverse the leading thoroughfares and extend to all the suburban towns, electric power being principally in use. An electric road is also about to connect Newark with Jersey City.

The educational facilities are of the best. The free public schools have large brick houses in each of the 15 wards, with a high school in the centre. The number of children enrolled is 26,650. The annual expense is over $500,000, of which $369,033 is received from the state and about 140,000 from the city. There are also many private schools, of which the Newark Academy is the oldest and best known. The New Jersey Historical Society, with its library and relics, has its headquarters here. There are 6 daily news papers, 2 of which are German, and a large number of weekly and other periodicals. Three theatres also afford nightly entertainments...

The prosperity and rapid growth of the city is due to its manufactures, which embrace every variety and find markets in all parts of the world. Among the most extensive of these are thread, chemicals, jewelry, leather, machinery, trunks and bags, clothing, harness, boots and shoes, zinc and iron, sewing-machines, india-rubber, besides the products of a large number of extensive breweries. There are 2 gas-light companies, an electric light and power company, and several factories for the supply of electrical apparatus. Newark was settled in 1666 by a company from New Haven and other towns in Connecticut. Pop. in 1830, 10,950; in 1850, 38,983; in 1860, 71,914; in 1870, 105,059; in 1880, 136,508; in 1890, 181,830; in 1893 (estimated), 200,000."

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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  • 1666 - Newark founded

  • News 1872 - Admitted to Public School
    The Newark (N.J.) Board of Education has decided to admit colored children into public schools by a vote of 21 to 1.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 16, 1872

  • News 1875 - FIRE. Destructive Conflagration in Newark, N. J.
    NEWARK, N. J., July 25. - A fire yesterday afternoon destroyed the Excelsior Planing Mill, on Railroad place, in the rear of No. 90 River street,...Read MORE...

  • News 1898 - TORPEDOES EXPLODE IN RAILROAD DEPOT. One Man Fatally Injured and Combination Car Blown to Pieces. SEVERAL OTHERS HURT.
    Box Containing Explosives Dropped by Baggage Handlers While Loading Car

    Special to The Inquirer.
    NEWARK, July 2. — A terrific explosion, followed ...

  • Newark, New Jersey, USA
    Ballantine's Lager Beer Brewery, Newark, N.J.
    Newark, N.J., March 20. - Ten passengers were severely injured last night in a rear end trolley car collision, but at a late hour no fatalities had...Read MORE...

  • Newark, New Jersey, USA
    City Hall
    Newark, N.J., Oct. 28. - Five women were badly burned, two of them probably fatally, in a fire which destroyed the hardware factory of M. Gould Sons...Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Pop. in 1900, 265. Newark, a city, port of entry, and capital of Essex co., N.J., on the W. bank of the Passaic River, about 4 miles from its...Read MORE...

  • Newark, New Jersey, USA
    Bamberger Dry Goods House (1910)
  • News 1911 - Killed At Top Of A Pole. Newark Lineman’s Body Tumbles to Street In View of Hundreds.
    Floyd Sexton, 36 years old, a telegraph lineman of Newark, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon by contact with a live electric light wire on a...Read MORE...

  • Newark, New Jersey, USA
    Hahne & Co., Newark's Store Beautiful, Broad, New and Halsey Sts., Newark, N.J.
  • 1921 - October 1 - WJZ, Newark NJ begins broadcasting

  • 1967 - Riot
    Riot in Newark, New Jersey kills 26 and causes $10 million in damage resources/state-history-timeline/ new-jersey.html

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