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Elizabeth City

The Elizabeth City Hall is located at 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Elizabeth NJ 07201; phone: 908-820-4000.

Beginnings [1]

Five miles beyond Newark the diminutive Elizabeth River flows down to the Kills, and here is the city of Elizabeth, with fifty thousand people [2008 population is approximately 125,000], noted as one of the handsomest of the Jersey towns. Like Newark and Paterson, it is really an outlying suburb of New York, providing homes for much of the overflow of population, who rush into the metropolis for business every morning, and back again every evening. Under the name of Elizabethport it spreads down to the Arthur Kill, and over there are most of its factories and extensive coal-shipping piers. The original settlement dates from 1665, when it was named in honor of Lady Elizabeth, wife of Sir George Carteret, one of the grantees of East Jersey. The early inhabitants were largely Puritans, and its chief establishment is the extensive works of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Here was founded the College of New Jersey, afterwards removed to Princeton, and a tablet marking the original site was unveiled in 1897.

  1. Cook, Joel, America: Picturesque & Descriptive, Volume 2, 1900, P. F. Coller & Son, Henry T. Coates and Company, New York
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