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An English language source states that Jordan Road was named for John Newell Jordan, British minister to China. Some Chinese language sources state that the road, which was constructed in 1887, was renamed from Sixth Street in 1909 to commemorate British pathologist G. P. Jordan, who served as Health Officer in Hong Kong for nearly thirty years. In 1908, a stone obelisk was erected as a memorial to French sailors of the "Fronde" who had drowned in the 1906 typhoon. Originally located at the corner with Gascoigne Road, the monument has since been relocated to the Colonial Cemetery at Happy Valley. Prior to the opening of the Cross-Harbor Tunnel in 1972, ferries such as the ones departing from Jordan Road were the only way to transport automobiles from Kowloon to Hong Kong. Once a quiet, suburban street, since the 1950s Jordan Road and its surrounding area have become one of the most overcrowded areas in Kowloon.