ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
November 13, 1927
The Holland Tunnel Opens Between New York City and New Jersey
On this day in 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened, allowing traffic between Manhattan in New York City and Jersey
City, New Jersey. The tunnel, named after its designer, Clifford Milburn Holland consists of two tubes running
beneath the Hudson river. Each tube is over 8,000 feet long.
Up until the time the Holland Tunnel opened, the only means of crossing the lower Hudson River was by Ferry. The
concept for the tunnel was originally developed in 1906. Over the next several years, various plans were considered
until the final design was chosen. Construction began on March 31, 1922. On the first day the tunnel was open,
51,694 vehicles passed through.