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Newark, New Jersey, USA - Scene in Branch Brook Park, Newark, N.J.

Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA

Fun facts:
Newark was purchased from the Hackensack Indians. It was incorporated as a Township in 1693.
Newark is only 8 miles from New York City.
Newark Liberty International Airport is the nation's oldest air field.
The filling found inside Oreo cookies was invented by a resident of Newark.




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Newark Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Scene in Branch Brook Park, Newark, N.J.
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Scene in Branch Brook Park, Newark, N.J.
Ballantine's Lager Beer Brewery, Newark, N.J.
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Ballantine's Lager Beer Brewery, Newark, N.J.
City Hall
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City Hall
PAAS Egg Dyes
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Lackawanna R.R. Bridge, Passaic River, Newark, N.J.
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Lackawanna R.R. Bridge, Passaic River, Newark, N.J.
High School, 1905
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High School, 1905
Newark Theatre, Market Street
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Newark Theatre, Market Street
Broad and New Market Streets, Newark, N.J.
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Broad and New Market Streets, Newark, N.J.
Playgrounds, West Side Park, 1908
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Playgrounds, West Side Park, 1908
Bamberger Dry Goods House (1910)
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Bamberger Dry Goods House (1910)
Military Park
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Military Park
Broad Street, from Park
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Broad Street, from Park
West Side Park
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Lincoln Monument and Essex County Court House
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Lincoln Monument and Essex County Court House
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D.L. and W. R.R. Station
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Symphony Auditorium
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Hahne & Co., Newark's Store Beautiful, Broad, New and Halsey Sts., Newark, N.J.
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Hahne & Co., Newark's Store Beautiful, Broad, New and Halsey Sts., Newark, N.J.
Trinity Church and Doane Statue
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Prudential Life Insurance Building
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Essex County Isolation Hospital
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Telephone Building and First Baptist Church
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1666 - Newark founded

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1854 - Newark
Newark, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Essex county, New Jersey, is situated on the right bank of the Passaic, about 4 miles from its entrance into Newark bay, and on the railroad connecting New York with Philadelphia, 9 miles W. from the former, and 78 miles N. E. from the latter; lat. 40° 45' N., Lon. 74° 10' W. This city, the largest in the state, and one of the most flourishing E. of the Alleghany mountains, is built chiefly on a plain, terminated on the W. by an elevation, or ridge of land, extending from the northern to the southern extremity of tho town. It is regularly laid out, for the most, part, with wide, straight streets, intersecting each other at right angles. Broad street, the principal thoroughfare and seat of business, is one of the finest avenues anywhere to be met with. It is upwards of 80 feet in breadth, and extends throughout the entire length of the city, dividing it into two nearly equal parts. Near its centre it is intersected by Market street, ... Read MORE...

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
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, belonging to T. B. Peddle and W. O. Hadly, and run by J. Riudad, the lumber yards belonging to the same parties, J. W. Poiner's lumber yard and J. Cook's kindling wood factory, two tenement houses belonging to Hon. Marcus L. Ward, and other property. J. Rindad, owner of the Excelsior Planing Mill, is the principal loser. Poiner's loss is covered by insurance, and Messrs. Peddle & Hadly are well insured. The entire loss will aggregate over $85,000; insurance about $55,000.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 26, 1875
1895 - Newark
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... Read MORE...

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

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NEWARK, July 2. — A terrific explosion, followed by shrieks of agony, startled people in and near the Broad Street Station of the Central Railroad here at 11:20 this morning. The detonation shook buildings for blocks and was heard over a mile away. A thick cloud of smoke rose from the depot and crowds rushed up from every direction with blanched faces. At first they thought an engine had blown up. For a while few ventured into the blinding smoke that filled the interior of the building.

Those who went in caught instantly a smell of powder and a terrible sight greeted them. One end of a combination smoking and baggage car was blown to pieces. Windows of ever car in the shed were smashed.

On the platform beside the car lay an man whose face seemed almost entirely torn away. He was William Blosi, 35 years old, of No. 17 William street. He was hurried to a hospital in a dying... Read MORE...

1900 - TROLLEY CARS COLLIDE. TEN PERSONS INJURED AT NEWARK, N.J., IN ACCIDENT.
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 resulted. The accident happened on Belleville avenue at a point where there is a slight down grade. Car. No. 708, in charge of Motorman WILLIAM McLANE, crashed into car No. 278, in charge of Motorman BERNARD McDERMOTT. Car No. 278 had stopped to take on passengers, and McLANE could not stop his car in time to prevent the collision. He shut off the power, applied the brakes and jumped, saving himself.

The police and doctors lists contained the following:

MRS. ROSE F. BIRD, 308 North Fifth street, Harrison; right arm broken, body and limbs bruised by being trampled upon.

GEORGE BUCHANAN, 146 Verona avenue; gash on back of skull separating scalp from skull.

MRS. ANNIE COELLIN, Belleville; head cut and bruised, body bruised; trampled upon and arms and legs bruised by boot heels.

MISS JENNIE DOLAN, 308 North Fifth street,... Read MORE...

1905 - FIVE WOMEN BADLY BURNED. TWO OF THEM MAY DIE FROM THEIR INJURIES.
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 & Co. at night.

The injured are:
MINNIE GARRITY, aged fifteen.
CARRIE RUMMER, aged sixteen.
SADIE SCHAFER, aged eighteen.
MARY SCHWENCH, aged eighteen.
ANNA GLAZER, aged fifteen.

The fire started just as the factory was about to close, when one of the girls upset a candle in a pot of lacquer, causing an explosion which set fire to her clothing and that of her four companions. The girls rushed screaming down stairs but were caught on the floor below by workmen who beat out the flames and carried them out of the building. The flames caused a property loss of about $60,000.
Daily Telegram
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
October 28, 1905
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 entrance into Newark Bay and 9 miles W. of New York city, with which it is connected by the Central R. of New Jersey and the Pennsylvania, the Lackawanna, the Erie, and other railroads. Lat. 40" 45' N. ; Ion. 74° 10' W. It is the largest city in the state. It is regularly laid out with straight, rectangularly-crossing streets, the principal thoroughfares, — Broad Street and Market Street, — intersect ing near the centre of the city. Broad Street is bordered for long distances by public squares, adorned with stately elm-trees. Newark contains few notable public buildings (government building, Free Library, etc.), but a number of business establishments are housed in imposing and stately edifices. There are some handsome churches. Among the educational institutions are Newark Academy, New ark Seminary, Newark Technical School, St. Elizabeth's... Read MORE...

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 pole at the corner of Mulberry and Green Streets, that city. Hundreds of persons saw Sexton’s body fall from the pole.

Sexton had been employed for nearly twenty years by the Newark District Telegraph. About 4:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon there were several loud thunderclaps that put some of the company’s lines out of order. On the pole at Green and Mulberry streets a fuse was blown out of a transformer that connects the burglar alarm in the telegraph office with private residences in the southern part of the city.

Daniel McNamara, a lineman, was sent out to investigate the trouble. He found that the telegraph wires were burning. He reported the matter to the main office, saying that as he had no spurs with him at the time he was unable to climb the pole to make the repair, and left work to have Sexton to do it. The pole is known... Read MORE...

1921 - October 1 - WJZ, Newark NJ begins broadcasting

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1967 - Riot
Riot in Newark, New Jersey kills 26 and causes $10 million in damage

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2023 - Whether you're into history, culture, or just looking for a good time, Newark has something for everyone. Let's dive into a list of places to go and things to do in this vibrant city:
Explore Cultural and Historical Sites:

Newark Museum:

Discover a diverse collection of art and artifacts, ranging from American to Asian art. The museum also hosts events and exhibitions.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC):

Catch a live performance, be it a concert, theater, or dance show. NJPAC is a cultural hub with a fantastic lineup.

Ironbound District:

Immerse yourself in Newark's Portuguese and Spanish-speaking community. The Ironbound is known for its excellent restaurants, shops, and vibrant atmosphere.

Branch Brook Park:

Enjoy the beauty of the nation's first county park. In spring, the cherry blossoms are a must-see.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart:

Marvel at the stunning architecture of this Gothic-style cathedral. It's a serene place for reflection.

Newark Symphony Hall:

Attend a concert or performance at this historic venue, showcasing a mix of musical genres.

Foodie Adventures:

Portuguese Taverns in... Read MORE...

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