Marlton, New Jersey

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Marlton is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Evesham Township in Burlington County, New Jersey. As of the United States 2000 Census, the population of Marlton was 10,260.

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History

Marlton was founded by Welsh and English farmers beginning in 1676. Originally called "Evesham" (named for an English village outside Stratford-upon-Avon), the town was incorporated as one of the original 13 townships in Burlington County in 1688.

The name Marlton first appeared in the early 19th century. The name is derived from marl clay, which is commonly found in the local soil. The discovery of the marl content helped local business and farmers, and caused the first "building boom", occurring in the 1830s and 1840s. Marl continued to be excavated in Marlton until 1930, when the pits were shut down.[3] The marl was sold locally, and shipped directly, by rail to Burlington City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City, for reshipping as an alternate for green manure, water treatment amendment, and semi-flowable fill.

Now it is an unincorporated area within Evesham Township that is tracked for reporting purposes by the United States Census Bureau.

Landmarks

Marlton Circle is a traffic circle at the intersection of Route 70 and Route 73. According to Urban Engineers, Inc., the circle will be completely eliminated and will be replaced by "a grade-separated interchange that will enable Route 73 to pass over Route 70."[4]

PH-32, a Project Nike missile base from the Cold War, was located near Cherokee High School.

Athletics

The Marlton Whalers were formed in the late 1970s as a local ice hockey team. The name "Whalers" was selected after the Hartford Whalers of the NHL, with the Marlton team's jersey featuring the NHL team's logo but turned upside down to make the W an M. The team was restarted in 1998 as a roller hockey team, abandoning the upside down W for a sharper angrier whale logo similar to that used by the OHL Plymouth Whalers. The team was able to make it to consecutive national championships in 2000 and 2001 after tournament victories in Rye, New York and Washington, D.C.[citation needed]

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