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New Jersey Hudson City

Hudson City, New Jersey

Hudson City was incorporated in 1852 and annexed to Jersey City in 1870.

The City of Hudson was authorized to build water works and buy water from Jersey City in 1857, and water service began in 1859.  Several members of the Common Council were opposed to this, and obstructed the wider introduction of water for some time.

Water is provided by Jersey City

1855 Newark Daily Advertiser, December 27, 1855, Page 2.
A meeting of the tax-payers of Hudson City was held last week, to institute measures for the introduction of Passaic water into the city, and a committee was appointed to conver with the Water Commissioners on the subject.

1857 Newark Daily Advertiser, March 10, 1857, Page 2.
Plans are being made in Hudson City to supply it with water from the Jersey City Reservoir located in that city.  The Board of Water Commissioners of the city of Hudson, has been fully organized, and has employed an engineer and surveyor, who are now engaged in the preliminary work.  The immediate expenses will not be great from the fact that the principal share of the population reside within half a mile of the reservoir, which is on high ground.

1857 An act to authorize the Water Commissioners of the city of Hudson, to contract for and introduce water into said city, and to provide for the payment thereof.  March 20, 1857.

1857 Newark Daily Advertiser, October 1, 1857, Page 2.
An injunction was yesterday served on the Hudson City Water Commissioners, restraining them from taking any further steps touching the introduction of Passaic water in that city.

1858 Centinel of Freedom (Newark, New Jersey), January 12, 1858, Page 3.
Water Privileges.- Quite a contest is going on in Hudson City relative to the introduction of water.  The reservoir for the supply of Jersey City might be conveniently used, and permission to that effect was obtained, but the citizens of Hudson City are divided in Opinin.  The Water Commissioners were restrained from completing the work by an sued out by a majority of the Common Council, who are opposed to the project.

1858 An act to legalize certain proceedings of the water commissioners of the city of Hudson.  March 18, 1858.

1858 The State, Water Commissioners of Jersey City, Prosecutors, v. Mayor of Hudson City, 27 N.J.L. 214, June 3, 1858, Supreme Court of New Jersey

1861 Eleventh and Twelfth Reports of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Mayor and Common Council of Jersey City.
Page 23:  Abstract of receipts and expenditures for the year ending June 30th, 1860.
From water rents of Hudson City, $417.66

1861 An act to enable the city of Hudson to introduce water, and to pay for the laying of water pipes in a portion of said city.  March 15, 1861.

1861 Newark Daily Advertiser, August 18, 1861, Page 2.
Destructive Fire in Hudson City.  A destructive conflagration occurred at Bergen Four Corners, Hudson City, about eleven o'clock on Monday night.  The firemen were soon summoned to the scene, but owing to the scarcity of water they were unable to stay its progress.  The aqueduct which conveys the Passaic water to Hoboken, has been located in Hudson City for two years, and the right given to that city to use the same, but owing to the negligence of the Common Council the citizens are deprived of the use of the water, which should have been laid through almost every street a year ago.

1861 Newark Daily Advertiser, December 9, 1861, Page 2.
The Passaic Water.- It is now seen years since the introduction of the Passaic water into Jersey City, and during that time almost eery house, the various workshops and steamboat landings have been supplied with this great luxury.  Within the past three years the cities of Hoboken and Hudson City have been supplied, and branch pipes have been laid down in various streets crossing Newark avenue, J. City.  As the supply of water is not very large at the present time, the Water Commissioners have in view of the necessity of meeting the future wants of the city, issued proposals for furnishg and laying down twenty-five hundred feet of cast iron water-pipe, equal in capacity to a 35-inch main, similar to that now in use by the company.

1862 Supplement to an act entitled "An act to enable the city of Hudson to introduce water, and to pay for the laying of water pipes in a portion of said city," approved March fifteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one.  March 6, 1862.

1862 Newark Daily Advertiser, April 18, 1862, Page 2.
The Passaic water will be shut off from Jersey City, Hoboken, and Lafayette, next Sunday from five to six hours for the purpose of reconnecting the main pipe in Hudson City.

1865 Trenton State Gazette, January 17, 1865, Page 3.
The citizens of the towns of Bergen, Bayonne and Hudson City, being unable to secure a necessary supply of pure water from the Passaic Water Company, will make an application to the Legislature to give them power to organize a new water company, with a capital of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, with the privilege of increasing it to three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.  It is proposed to erect new buildings on the upper part of the Hackensack River, and lay the pipes a distance of ten miles, through the main streets of the above named towns.

1868 Map showing the location of proposed roads in the County of Hudson, NJ.  This map shows the Jersey City reservoir in Hudson City..

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