Lopatcong Township, New Jersey

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Lopatcong Township (pronounced /loʊˈpætkɒŋ/) is a Township in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 5,765. The township is part of the eastern region of the Lehigh Valley.

Lopatcong Township is a suburb that was featured in a 2003 article in The New York Times which discussed problems of public school financing in suburban communities and various strategies communities have adopted to deal with the problem.[7]

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History

What is now Lopatcong Township was created as Phillipsburg Township on March 7, 1851, by an act approved by the New Jersey Legislature, and contained portions of Greenwich Township and Harmony Township. After Phillipsburg was incorporated as an independent municipality on March 8, 1861, the township changed its name to Lopatcong as of March 18, 1863, after a creek in the area.[8][9]

The name of the creek and township — Lopatcong — came from four words of the Lenni Lenape Native AmericansLowan peek achtu onk, which meant "winter water place for deer".[10]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.5 km²), of which, 7.1 square miles (18.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.84%) is water.

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