lincoln tunnel

History, Transportation

On this day in 1937, the Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic

By Dana Schulz, Fri, December 22, 2017

Scene of the opening ceremonies on the Manhattan side of the tunnel, via NYPL

On December 22, 1937, the center tube of the Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic. The $85 million project ($1.5 billion in today’s dollars) linking Weehawken, NJ to Midtown Manhattan was hailed as a “new link of friendship between New York and New Jersey” and an “engineering feat.” On that inaugural day, 7,661 cars drove through the 1.5-mile-long tunnel, paying 50 cents and likely not realizing they were 97 feet underwater.

Find out about the characters who made this day even more eventful


Circus in Lincoln Tunnel, NY Times 1971, Railroad Strike

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On May 17, 1971, a nationwide rail workers strike left a number of circus animals from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus stranded five miles from their performance at Madison Square Garden. While most of the circus caravan traveled to the show by truck, 19 elephants, a zebra, a llama and a pony marched from South Kearny, N.J. to MSG via the Lincoln Tunnel.

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