Highway under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel

Highway under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel

by Robert W. Jackson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814742990
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 702,531
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert W. Jackson is an urban planner and historian, and previously served as a historian for the Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service, where he documented historic bridges and highways in Texas, Iowa and Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in American Civilization from University of Texas, and is the author of Rails across the Mississippi: A History of the St. Louis Bridge. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Impetus 9

2 Vexing Questions 22

3 A Coal Famine 41

4 The Wedding Ring 63

5 A Controversy Acute and Personal 85

6 Political and Petty Tampering 102

7 Another Long and Costly Delay 117

8 A Tempest in a Teapot 132

9 The Sandhogs 149

10 The Holland Tunnel 165

11 One Work Complete 180

12 Fires, Blasts Rip Holland Tunnel 193

13 Built to Last Forever 211

Acknowledgments 225

Notes 227

Bibliography 253

Index 257

About the Author 266

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His vivid account features a colorful cast of characters...An important work chronicling a largely unsung American engineering feat...it remains a compelling story that serves as a dramatic reminder that government can accomplish great things that the private sector cannot."-Library Journal,

"Robert Jackson spent three-and-a-half years compiling a complete history on [the Holland Tunnel]...[he] delves into not only the history of this famous tunnel but the drama behind its construction, the people involved and the unique engineering that took place."-Linnea Covington,Our Town

"There is no comparable book on this tunnel. Highly recommended."-D. Brand,CHOICE

"Historian Jackson provides an excellent history of the Holland Tunnel's politics and planning, 1906-20; its construction, 1920-27; and its operations in the 1930s-40s. He describes in detail the self-serving politics and corruption, particularly of New Jersey's tunnel commissioners in the 1910s-20s... The volume includes photographs of politicians, engineers, and construction, but no tables. The references, bibliography, and index are excellent. There is no comparable book on this tunnel. Summing Up: Highly recommended."-Choice Reviews,

"When the Holland Tunnel opened in 1927, it was the world’s longest and largest vehicular tunnel and was distinguished by an innovative ventilation system. Until then, vehicles were ferried across the Hudson and were subject to the vicissitudes of ice and fog. In Highway under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel, Robert W. Jackson explores the tortured bistate bureaucratic and political prelude to the construction of the 1.6-mile underwater corridor, which, by the way, was named not for the region’s Dutch roots, but for the project’s first chief engineer, Clifford Holland of Brooklyn, who died at 41 of heart failure in a sanitarium while undergoing a tonsillectomy."-The New York Times

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