Weehawken History - The Book

Although less than one square mile in area, Weehawken's rich history extends more than 400 years to when Dutch explorers first dropped anchor in Weehawken Cove. The town commands a unique location overlooking the Hudson River, with sweeping views of New York City. Its story begins with Weehawken's early bucolic estates, the idyllic attractions of the magnificent Palisades, and its notorious hidden dueling grounds, where Alexander Hamilton met his end at the hands of Aaron Burr in 1804. By the mid-19th century, a shift toward urban industrial development changed the landscape, as evidenced by the iconic 1883 Weehawken water tower and the sprawling, long-gone 1890s Eldorado Amusement Park that brought throngs of visitors via the largest passenger elevator in the world at that time. The construction of the Lincoln Tunnel as well as the developments of the town's neighborhoods, commerce, and government all helped to shape Weehawken's past and future.

Author Bio: Lauren Sherman and Ellen Robb Gaulkin are members of the Weehawken Historical Commission. Together they have compiled and organized photographs from the commission's collection along with images from local historians, community residents, and other commission members to produce Weehawken.

Copies of Images of America: Weehawken are available for sale (for $21.99) at the Weehawken Public Library at 49 Hauxhurst Avenue. You may call the library at 201-863-7823 to reserve a copy for pick up. All proceeds will benefit the Weehawken Historical Commission.

You can also purchase copies of the book online for 21.99 plus 5.75 shipping and handling (US orders only)... international buyers, please email info@weehawkenhistory.org for shipping costs.