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Dutch settlers purchased the area from the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1630. Te name Hoboken came from Hobokan Hackingh "Land of Tobacco Pipe".

It was also the site of the first brewery in America, in 1642. Beer was brewed in great quantities by many German immigrants who settled after the mid-19th century.

Trains have played an important role in the development of Hoboken. It was home of Colonel John Stevens, builder of the first steam locomotive, who demostrated his invention in 1826.

It was also home to the Erie Lckawanna Train Terminal, an architectural landmark constructed in 1907, the first attempt to air col a public building in the US. However the Museum of Hoboken History does not mention the success of that attempt.

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