Historical Throwback Thursdays: Unlocking Hoboken’s Past

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Columbus Park: A Time Capsule from the 1970s

Step back in time to the vibrant Hoboken of the early 1970s, as captured through the lens of photographer Caroline Carlson.
Columbus Park, located at the intersection of 9th and Clinton, was a bustling hub where children played and residents sought respite.

A Landscape Transformed

The park was designed by renowned landscape architect Charles N. Lowrie before his passing in 1939.
In this vintage photograph, children frolic beside the iconic yellow pavilion, which served as a focal point for recreation.

The original playground, once featuring a legendary slide, has since been replaced by a more modern structure that adheres to contemporary safety standards.
This change was motivated by the desire to avoid tragedies such as the Action Park disaster.

A Legacy of Remembrance

Columbus Park holds a profound significance as a place of remembrance.
It is dedicated to a woman who lost her life in the tragic events of 9/11.
An enduring memorial also honors a former Hoboken High School teacher who passed away in the mid-1990s.

A curious anecdote surrounds the memorial, as the word “remembrance” is misspelled, adding a touch of irony to its solemn purpose.

The Name’s Origin

The park derives its name from the central statue of Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who is credited with discovering the Americas.
Despite his controversial legacy, Columbus remains an iconic figure associated with Hoboken’s history.

Preserving Our Heritage

This historical snapshot serves as a reminder of the rich heritage that Hoboken holds.
Through the efforts of the Hoboken Historical Museum and local residents, the city’s past is being actively preserved and shared.

Join us every Thursday for our #HobokenTBT series, where we delve deeper into Hoboken’s fascinating history.
Submit your own historical photos by emailing [email protected] or using the hashtag #HobokenTBT on Instagram.

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  • The Hoboken Historical Museum’s public photo database was instrumental in making this project possible.

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