A smooth ride through the Holland Tunnel

If only vehicles went through the tunnel with this kind of ease and order all the time. Before the Holland Tunnel opened in November 1927, the only way to cross the Hudson River was by one of 15 different ferry lines.


The tunnel was named after its chief engineer, Clifford Milburn Holland, who died before it was finished. The heart attack that killed him was attributed in part to the stress of working on the tunnel.

This 1920s postcard is part of the Walker Evans collection on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s a great exhibit with lots of New York postcards capturing the pre-war city—definitely worth a visit.

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5 Responses to “A smooth ride through the Holland Tunnel”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    I like that border sign, NY/NJ, it gives me a pleasant feeling…don’t know why…I always look for it when I’m going through the tunnel.

  2. Brooks of Sheffield Says:

    That’s so strange. I always assumed it was called the Holland Tunnel in deference to the Dutch, who first colonized Manhattan.

  3. PizzaBagel Says:

    FYI, the Outerbridge Crossing, which connects Staten Island and Perth Amboy, is named for Eugenius Outerbridge, the first chairman of the then-Port of New York Authority.

  4. Rayfrid Says:

    A group of people attempted, at least, to dance the Charleston through the Holland Tunnel during its grand opening. The ladies were surprised when the strong fresh air, pouring out from openings on the side, caused their skirts to fly up.

  5. Raymond G Fridley Says:

    The first time I rode through the Holland Tunnel was in 1960. The toll was not collected in New Jersey at that time. Instead, it was paid at a toll booth at the Canal Street side. An old photo shows toll booths for east-bound traffic on the Jersey side. I don’t recall any booths in Jersey City at that time. Would someone please verify?

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