Sally in the Zen

Confessions of a Befuddled Zen Buddhist

Glimpse of History

Here’s an interesting tidbit that I bet you didn’t know about Weehawken, New Jersey.  I surely didn’t!

According to Wikipedia, singer Kate Pierson of the B52’s is a resident in this city.

That’s cool!

But admittedly, its name alone consumed my thoughts.  What does it mean?

Well, glad you asked.

Weehawken (WEE-haw-ken) = rocks that look like trees.  Looked it up in Wikipedia.

What in the world did I ever do before Wikipedia?


Because I pondered quite a bit on the name, I started history browsing on Weehawken. 

Let me start off by saying that some time ago, I got bitten by a history bug.  Now history was never really an interest to me, but nowadays, I find that digging into it occasionally has been pretty satisfying.

Until I lost my interest and go back to making oatmeal raisin cookies.

But the city got me curious about its name and its history.  So I dug really briefly and I thought I’d just share another interesting tidbit that I found about Weehawken.

How about the Hamilton-Burr Duelthat took place on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken?  According to Weehawken, “Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met at Weehawken, NJ to resolve their political and personal differences with pistols.”

Hamilton did not walk away from this duel.


Interesting how just a name can offer a glimpse of history in our modern world.


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