Buena Vista Township, New Jersey

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Buena Vista Township (pronounced "BYOO-nuh Vista" by locals[7]) is a township located in Atlantic County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 7,436.

Buena Vista was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 5, 1867, from portions of Hamilton Township. Portions of the township were taken on May 23, 1906, to create Folsom, and on September 1, 1948, to create Buena.[8] The name comes from the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista of the Mexican-American War.[9]

The township is headquarters for Troop A of the New Jersey State Police, which covers over 2,000 square miles (5,200 km2) and more than 1.7 million residents between the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean.[10]

On April 26, 2004, the Buena Vista Township Committee voted to temporarily rename the community of Richland, a section of Buena Vista Township. For the first half of the month of May, Richland became Mojito, New Jersey, named after the Cuban rum drink. Bacardi had offered to give the township $5,000 for recreation projects in exchange for a sign placed on U.S. Route 40 commemorating the new name. Richland was chosen because it is home to the family-run Dalponte Farms, a major east coast supplier of mint, an essential ingredient of the mojito.[11]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 41.5 square miles (107.6 km²), of which, 41.4 square miles (107.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.39% water. 90% of the area is within the boundaries of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

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