Stevens family contributions to Hoboken’s history are well heralded (see The Stevens Family tab under History on our website – an illustrated multi-page story by Darian Worden). This small 1859 publication whose decorative typographic cover is shown above is a succinct tract that covers some significant aspects of the 19th century development of Hoboken.
The Hoboken Land & Improvement Company (H.L.& I. Co.) was a Stevens family enterprise for their real estate holdings. This work includes the state legislative acts related to their interests and the City’s including ferry service, railroads (both steam and horsecar), street layout and street grading. Pages 43-47 have a sketch history of Hoboken land ownership from Bayard to the deed transferring the Stevens property holdings to control of the H.L.& I. Co.
While the text is legal and dry, it includes a lot of interesting nuggets such as the fares allowed (“RATES OF FERRIAGE” – pp. 15-17) to be charged for all kinds of goods traveling on their ferries which included everything from furniture to live animals and almost any other categories they could think of! And on page 18, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE CERTAIN STREETS, MARKED OUT ON A PLAN OF THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, TO BE CHANGED, you can learn how some of our City’s streets came to be located although you really need to look at map while reading it.
The copy in our collections is available in our on-line catalog with images of all pages, complete text transcribed plus a PDF which you can open to see all pages, keywords (use all): “an act to” Stevens
or read the full text below