Palisades Park s original settlers were the Ashkineshacky Indians, a tribe of the Lenni-Lenape Nation. The borough was incorporated on March 22, 1899, and a month later its first mayor, John S. Edsall, was sworn into office. Advancements in transportation and its small-town character enticed many New York City families to relocate to the beautiful undeveloped land, sparking massive growth. Today Palisades Park remains a progressive community. Its small-town character has been enjoyed by generations of residents and will continue for generations ahead. Palisades Park chronicles the borough s development from the 19th through the 20th century, highlighting the people and public servants who have made Palisades Park the prosperous suburb it is today.