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About Our Township
Pennsauken is a town of 35,000 that offers many amenities that larger towns do not provide. The township has an active youth athletic association, great schools, and wonderful recreation opportunities including golf, hockey, crewing and more.
Our Township is home to one of the finest memorials to September 11th 2001 in the area. The artist used local residents as models for the bronze statues that are a part of the memorial located at the intersection of Route 130 and Merchantville Avenue.
And for businesses and residents alike, Pennsauken is one of the premiere locations in the Delaware Valley due to its accessibility to area bridges and highways.
Local: Pennsauken Township is a Township Committee form of government. For information on our Township Committee, click here.
County: Pennsauken Township is part of Camden County and represented at that level by the Board of Freeholders. For more information on the Freeholder Board, click here. For other county officials, click here.
State: Pennsauken Township is part of New Jersey's Sixth Legislative District. For information on our representatives, click here.
Federal: For information regarding our federal officials, click here.
Some Of Our History
"Pindasenaken," the name from which Pennsauken is derived, is a Lenni-Lenape Indian word meaning "Tobacco Pouch." Prior to colonization, the Lenni-Lenape Indians had called our region home, living along the Delaware shore.
Pennsauken Township was officially formed in 1892.
Interesting tidbits of history and accompanying dates:
|1809||Thomas Burrough became the owner of the mansion house in Pennsauken.|
|1838||Dr. William Dover bought the Burrough Farm House.|
|1844||New Jersey Legislature created Camden County.|
|1880||Pennsauken village was settled.|
|1892||Pennsauken Township was created.|
|1894||Peter McGuire (from Pennsauken) won a 19-year fight to legalize Labor Day.|
|1894||President Grover Cleveland approved law for construction of the Delaware Bridge across the Delaware River.|
|1916||William T. Reed, a former resident of Pennsauken, was elected President of the State Senate. Later in the year, he resigned to become State Treasurer.|
|1927||Northern half of Crescent Boulevard (Route 130) was opened for travel on July 1st.|
|1951||Jersey Joe Walcott (Arnold Cream) became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.|
|1968||The last major farm in Pennsauken is sold by Mrs. Clinton Funk and became industrial park #10.|
|1968||Richard M. Nixon motored Pennsauken while campaigning for president.|
|1970||The Betsy Ross Bridge opened. Harry Bilick became the first person to walk across the new bridge.|
|1990||The old oak tree on Westfield Avenue died and was cut down. The tree was over 80 feet tall and believed to be older than the country.|
For a more comprehensive list of interesting items and dates please see "The Pennsauken Story" by Jack H. Fichter, which is where the above info was gathered.