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  History of

Liberty State Park

 

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Photos

On the New York Harbor, less than 2,000 feet from the Statue of Liberty, Liberty State Park has served a vital role in the development of New Jersey's metropolitan region and the history of the nation.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries the area that is now Liberty State Park was a major waterfront industrial area with an extensive freight and passenger transportation network. This network became the lifeline of New York City and the harbor area. The heart of this transportation network was the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ), located in the northern portion of the park. The CRRNJ Terminal stands with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to unfold one of this nation's most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern, and eastern Europeans into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains, at the CRRNJ Terminal, that took them to their new homes throughout the United States. The Terminal served these immigrants as the gateway to the realization of their hopes and dreams of a new life in America.

Today, Liberty State Park continues to serve a vital role in the New York Harbor area. As the railroads and industry declined, the land was abandoned and became a desolate dump site. With the development of Liberty State Park came a renaissance of the waterfront. Land with decaying buildings, overgrown tracks and piles of debris was transformed into a modern urban state park. The park was formerly opened on Flag Day, June 14, 1976, as New Jersey's bicentennial gift to the nation. Most of this 1,122 acre park is open space with approximately 300 acres developed for public recreation.

  Selected Views of the Statue of Liberty  From the Collections of the Library of Congress

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The head of Liberty on display in a Paris park
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The head of Liberty on display in a Paris park.
Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty
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Workmen constructing the statue
[Statue of Liberty's hand holding the torch]
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Liberty's hand holding the torch...
Print showing the Statue of Liberty
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"The Bartholdi Statue..."
Photographic print showing Statue of Liberty enlightening the world
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Statue of Liberty enlightening the world...
Print showing the Statue of Liberty
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The great Bartholdi statue...
The gift of France [print showing Statue pf Liberty]
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"The gift of France ..."
Statue of Liberty [photographic print]
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Statue of Liberty, N.Y
[Photographic print showing the Statue of Liberty with boats sailing in front]
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Liberty enlightening the world--Inauguration...
S.S. Normandie arriving in New York Harbor on maiden voyage
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S.S. Normandie arriving in New York Harbor ...
Statue of Liberty seen from the S.S. Coamo leaving New York
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Statue of Liberty seen from the S.S. Coamo leaving New York ...
Statue of Liberty at night
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Statue of Liberty [at night]...