Today’s the day for my little talk at the Hoboken Historical Museum. Tales of murder, corruption, and traffic engineering. All the things that make the world go ’round. I’d want to go even if I weren’t already supposed to be there.
This should be fun: I’m on the roster of featured speakers at the Hoboken Historical Museum, as part of its program Driving Under the Hudson: A History of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels. My book The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First Superhighway focuses on the Route One Extension project and the construction of what is now called the Pulaski Skyway, both of which were closely linked to the construction of the Holland Tunnel.
The whole project was spurred by the realization that millions of cars would come pouring out of the Holland Tunnel, only to eddy and stall in the decrepit streets of Jersey City and the inadequate roads cutting through the Meadowlands. A key player in the Holland Tunnel story was Jersey City political boss Frank Hague, whose demands for road improvements and fixtures for the tunnel approach contributed to the stress felt by the tunnel’s designer and head engineer, Clifford Holland.
There’s more, but we can go into all that on Sunday, June 24, at 4 p.m., which is when I’ll be speaking at the museum.