(November 13, 1927- Holland Tunnel Opening Day, NY Entrance)
 

On November 13, 1927, The Clifford Milburn Holland Tunnel opened, connecting Manhattan to Jersey City!  Some interesting facts about the tunnel:

-The tunnel was named after the chief engineer on the project, who passed away from a heart attack before it was complete- sadly, just days before the NJ and NY sides of the tunnel were about to meet in 1924.  His successor, Milton Freeman, also died 5 months later! This left the third chief engineer, Ole Singstad, with the task of finishing the tunnel. (source)

-On the first day open, 51,694 vehicles passed through the tunnel! Cars paid 50 cents, motorcycles paid 25 cents, and trucks paid up to $2.00. (source/source)

-The tunnel cost $54,000,000- equivalent to around $700,000,000 today! (source)

-The tunnel took 7 years to complete, with construction beginning on February 1, 1920. (source)

-Number of ceiling tiles: 3.1 million | Number of wall tiles: 2.9 million (source)

 

Keep reading to view old photos of the tunnel under construction and its early days!

Contract No. 3. South tunnel, New York. 12/6/23

Where the Two Ends Meet- 1925

1926- Holland Tunnel Construction, New York Entrance

Holland Tunnel State Line Markers, 7/1/26

New York meets New Jersey in The Holland Tunnel, 1927 (pictured: NY and NJ Governors Al Smith and A. Harry Moore)

Holland Tunnel Vehicular Traffic, 1927

"Compressed Air's Greatest Triumph" Popular Science Monthly (1928)

 

This quick 1 minute video explains how the Holland Tunnel was built:

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