Berlin, New Jersey

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Berlin is a Borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 6,149.

Berlin was incorporated as a borough on March 29, 1927, from portions of Berlin Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 26, 1927.[7]

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Geography

Berlin is located at 39°47′35″N 74°56′07″W / 39.793015°N 74.935180°W / 39.793015; -74.935180 (39.793015, -74.935180).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), all of it land.

Berlin Borough borders Berlin Township, Lindenwold, Pine Hill, Waterford, and Winslow.

According the local historical society, the municipality's name was not always Berlin. In fact, it started out as "Longacoming." The story goes that the main travel route between the New Jersey shore and the Delaware River ran through this town. It was a Native American path called Lonaconing Trail. Travelers and shipwrecked sailors who walked the path would stop at a stream here. This stream was the head of the Great Egg Harbor River. The weary travelers knowing the trail name would refer to the spot as "long a coming". The name stuck.

Long-A-Coming is halfway between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City, so it became a stopping point on the stagecoach route. A rail line was laid in 1853. Three years later, the Long-A-Coming Railroad Station was built. In February of 1867, the station was renamed "Magnolia". This caused confusion because there was a town called Magnolia near by. So, three months later, the station's name changed to Berlin. Nobody knows why Berlin was chosen.

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