ⓘ The Haverstraw Tunnel


ⓘ The Haverstraw Tunnel

The Haverstraw Tunnel is an early black and white silent film released in 1897 by the American Mutoscope Company. It is considered to be one of the first examples of a phantom ride and features a train travelling along the West Shore Railroad in Rockland County, New York and then through the eponymous tunnel.


1. Reception

The Haverstraw Tunnel became one of Mutoscopes most popular films. A review of the film was published in a February 1, 1898 Worcester, Massachusetts newspaper that mentioned:

the famous Haverstraw tunnel picture makes the hit which has been usual with its presentation since the pictures were first put on, and the audiences leave the theater with a feeling that they have seen something unusually fine, which really is the case.

A review appeared in the January 22, 1898 Tatler of St. Augustine, Florida and commented on the effect the film had upon audiences at the Hotel Alcazar at the time:

When the last scene appeared, and the audience passed by beautiful scenery through Haverstraw tunnel and out again along the banks of the historic Hudson, their enthusiasm was boundless. While the audience was a good one, had the people of St. Augustine had the least idea of what the show would be, the great hall would have been crowded. We bespeak a full house tonight.

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  • possibly the first depiction of camera movement in the history of film. Some instead credit The Haverstraw Tunnel with this innovation, but only the year
  • New York. Across the state line, the Rockland Central Railroad was incorporated May 23, 1870 to continue the line to Haverstraw and the Rockland Central
  • directed by Georges Melies. May be the first film to feature stop motion animation in cinema. The Haverstraw Tunnel Horses Loading for Klondike, directed
  • along the Palisade ridge between the competing Erie Railroad Northern Branch and Pascack Valley Line. At Haverstraw the route returned to the river proceeding
  • passing through a tunnel at Haverstraw New York, along the west bank of the Hudson River. A parallel track, which was operated as part of the River Line from
  • and Rockland County, New York reaching the river for which it is named after passing through a tunnel at Haverstraw and continuing north to a point near
  • River after passing through a tunnel at Haverstraw It continues north to a point near Selkirk Yard where it junctions with the Port Subdivision and Castleton
  • May 1, 1916. Retrieved March 13, 2019. Weehawken - Haverstraw Line to Chug Last Mile Tonight The Asbury Park Evening Press. December 10, 1959. p. 32
  • to the riverside briefly, trending away from it into Haverstraw under the name Congers Avenue. The village is followed immediately by West Haverstraw where
  • channel and were used in the construction of water aqueducts for New York City and Washington, D.C., and tunnels in Haverstraw and West Point, New York