Chatham and the Passaic River have been inextricably linked for nearly 275 years, since the town's founding under the informal name of Day's Bridge. That name honored John Day, builder of the first span across the river, which forms the eastern edge of the town. The nature of generations of the town's residents is reflected in the area's permanent name, selected by villagers in 1773. Chatham is named for Great Britain's William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham, who was a champion of American liberties during that revolutionary era. The Passaic, fondly referred to by locals as "The Fishawack," inspired the gradual flourishing of early mills and factories. Small shops, hotels, and a railroad have brought nineteenth-century prosperity to Main Street, the hub of Chatham, and extended the influence of residentswho commute to Newark and New York City. John T. Cunningham, New Jersey's preeminent historian, chronicles this growth and the relationship between populace and river through wonderful photographs and intriguing historic details.
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- Format: Paperback
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- Language: English
- Publisher: Arcadia Pub
- ISBN-13: 9780738545615
- ISBN: 0738545619
- Publication Year: 1997
- Edition: Reprint