Oaklyn, New Jersey

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Oaklyn is a Borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 4,188.

Oaklyn was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 13, 1905, from portions of Haddon Township.[6]

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Geography

Oaklyn is located at 39°54′07″N 75°04′49″W / 39.902063°N 75.080389°W / 39.902063; -75.080389 (39.902063, -75.080389).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (11.43%) is water.

History

The area now known as Oaklyn was once dense forest land which was inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans, until 1681 when a group of Quakers from Wickloe, Ireland sailed up the Delaware River and settled on Newton Creek. The leader of these Quakers, William Bates, purchased 250 acres (1 km2) on the south side of Newton Creek from the local Native Americans. This became known as the Newton Colony.

The Colony began to grow rapidly and the land was cleared for farming. Eventually two highways were laid out. One, from the Delaware River to Egg Harbor, followed an old Native American trail, which is today the Black Horse Pike. The other was known as the Long-a-coming trail, which extended from Atlantic City to Berlin and then from Berlin to Camden. This trail is now known as the White Horse Pike.

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