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Learning about America's Hudsons

Published: June 18, 2017 12:00 AM
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Destination Hudson's "Visit 17 Hudsons in 2017 Challenge" has focused on 17 Hudson communities, including our own. Of the many places known as "Hudson" 17 of them are incorporated villages, towns and cities spread across the U.S. from Maine to Wyoming.

Many places named Hudson were excluded from the "Visit 17 Hudsons Challenge" since they did not constitute legally incorporated municipalities. They can be found in Alabama, California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Maryland, Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey and Oregon. The State of Kansas has five Hudsons, but only one is a legally constituted village. There are 11 Hudson Townships and at least one Hudson County in the United States.

Along Florida's west coast, some 30 miles north of Tampa/St. Petersburg in Pasco County are two neighborhoods, Hudson and Hudson Beach. They occupy 6.4 square miles and have a combined population of 41,000. The neighborhoods are served by three different postal zip codes and government services are provided by Pasco County. The subtropical area was inhabited by Seminole Indians long before Spanish explorers Hernado De Soto and Ponce De Leon scouted the area in the 1500s. In 1878 Issac Hudson settled the area, calling it Hudson's Landing. The area prospered until the 1930s, when residents left as business opportunities declined. Starting in the late 1950s the Army Corps of Engineers dug 25 miles of canals. Developers soon followed and by the 1980s the area was booming as new residents sought a Florida lifestyle. Another unincorporated Hudson, Florida can be found in Holmes County.

Numerous other places include Hudson as part of their name, including Hudson Palisades in New Jersey, the Hudson Square neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, the Detroit suburb of New Hudson, Hudson Oaks in Texas' Harris County and Indiana's Hudson Lake. In Canada there are Hudson communities in both Ontario and Quebec, plus the famed Hudson Bay. Chile has Mount Hudson, and in the Pacific there is an island named Hudson.

The Hudson Bridge connects Manhattan and the Bronx. The Hudson Motor Company disappeared after it merged with American Motors in 1954. Steam locomotives once carried the Hudson name along with a World War II aircraft, the Lockheed Hudson. Ships have long been named Hudson. A 19th century American art movement is known as the Hudson River School. There is a think tank named the Hudson Institute. A video game and at least two Disney animated characters have been named Hudson. The now defunct, Detroit based, J. L. Hudson Department Store chain was once a shopping destination throughout the Midwest. Numerous business enterprises have and continue to use the Hudson name.

Information regarding the ongoing "17 Hudsons Challenge," including prizes, can be accessed at destinationhudson.com/17challenge or in-person at the Hudson Visitor Center, located in the old Town Hall, at 27 East Main St. Hudson's Restaurant and the Hudson Hub-Times are co-sponsors of the Challenge.

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