Quick History of Bayonne, NJ
Looking for a quick history of Bayonne, NJ? Check out this brief timeline curated by Mercedes-Benz of Union for some information about the history of our area!
The early history of Bayonne, NJ consists of:
- Home to Lenni Lenape Native Americans before the arrival of Europeans
- Dutch settlers arrive in the 1600s, when Bayonne was known as Bergen Neck
- British came to rule in 1664
By the 1800s, Bayonne, NJ began to develop significantly:
- Completion of the Morris Canal in 1836 connected Bergen Neck to the rest of Northern New Jersey
- Steamboats linked the area with New York City in 1846
- Railroads arrived in the 1860s
Bayonne came to be an independent township in 1861 and a city in 1869, and was named after what was once Bayonne Avenue.
Some facts about the early days of Bayonne include:
- The first mayor was Henry Meigs, Jr., President of the New York Stock Exchange.
- Bayonne served as an early boat-building and yachting location.
- From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, Bayonne rapidly urbanized and industrialized.
- Standard Oil Company became the city’s largest employer in the 1920s, and Bayonne once was among the largest oil refinery centers in the world.
Today, Bayonne maintains elements of a small town, and waves of immigrants have arrived in the area over the decades. The arrival of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit system also marks modern times.
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