Watchung, New Jersey

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Watchung is a Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 5,613.

Watchung was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 23, 1826, from portions of North Plainfield Township (now Green Brook Township) based on the results of a referendum held on April 20, 1826.[8]

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Geography

Watchung is located at 40°38′21″N 74°26′37″W / 40.639202°N 74.443715°W / 40.639202; -74.443715 (40.639202, -74.443715).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.6 km2), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.6 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.33%) is water.

The name 'Watchung' comes from the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, meaning 'high hills'. It is from the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains that George Washington surveyed the British troops in Perth Amboy many miles SSE. The eastern reach of these ridges is to the Oranges in the direction of Newark.

The Stony Brook flows through Watchung borough. Making its way from Warren Township to the Watchung Lake, then through the gorge in the first Watchung mountain and over the Wetumpka Falls, on its way to the Green Brook.

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