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.

Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 United States Census

Current Crime Data, State of New Jersey

Government

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.


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