Monday, October 16, 2006

Have you ever wondered why the Holland Tunnel going between NYC and New Jersey is called the Holland Tunnel? ....Here is the answer.

The Holland tunnel was the called the 8th wonder of the world. It has been in operation since 1927. Work started on it in 1919. I will do a few stories on the tunnel in the near future....

But to start it all off, why was it called the Holland tunnel?

For it's chief engineer Clifford Milburn Holland.

Who ran the construction of the tunnel from July 1, 1919 till his death at the Battle Creek Sanitarium on October 27, 1924.

He worked himself to death. The tunnel was his life. It was named in his honor.

It is interesting that his successor Milton H. Freeman overdid it too, and died on March 24, 1925.

Today tens of millions of people go through the tunnel and maybe 50 of them think why is it called the Holland Tunnel?

To those 50 people this is the answer :-)


Clifford M. Hudson...The man the tunnel is named for. Posted by Picasa

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