Pahaquarry Township, New Jersey

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Pahaquarry Township, New Jersey
Pahaquarry Township, New Jersey is located in Warren County, New Jersey
Pahaquarry Township, New Jersey
Pahaquarry Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°03′00″N 75°01′59″W / 41.0500959°N 75.0329525°W / 41.0500959; -75.0329525Coordinates: 41°03′00″N 75°01′59″W / 41.0500959°N 75.0329525°W / 41.0500959; -75.0329525[1]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Warren
Incorporated December 27, 1824
Dissolved July 2, 1997
Elevation[1] 551 ft (168 m)

Pahaquarry Township is a now-defunct township that was located in Warren County, New Jersey, United States, from 1824 until it was dissolved in 1997.

Pahaquarry Township was formed on December 27, 1824, from portions of Walpack Township in Sussex County and set off to Warren County.[2]

The township got its name from the word Pahaquarra, which was a derivation of the Native American word Pahaqualong, which meant "the place between the mountains beside the waters".[3]

Pahaquarry sits on the Delaware River. Most of its land was purchased by the federal government during the late 1960s in order to build the proposed Tocks Island Dam along the river, and its population was reduced to only a handful of people. Grassroot environmental organizations and mass local opposition put a halt to these plans and the dam was never completed.[4] Most of the land became part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The project was officially deauthorized by Congress during 1992.[3]

On July 2, 1997, Pahaquarry Township, whose population had dwindled to fewer than a dozen people, was dissolved and incorporated into Hardwick Township.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 258
1840 292 13.2%
1850 460 57.5%
1860 465 1.1%
1870 405 −12.9%
1880 418 3.2%
1890 291 −30.4%
1900 257 −11.7%
1910 205 −20.2%
1920 128 −37.6%
1930 80 −37.5%
1940 72 −10.0%
1950 67 −6.9%
1960 63 −6.0%
1970 71 12.7%
1980 26 −63.4%
1990 20 −23.1%
Population sources:
1830-1920[5] 1840[6] 1850[7]
1870[8] 1880-1890[9]
1890-1910[10] 1910-1930[11]
1930-1990[12]

As of the 1990 United States Census (the last census for which the Township existed), there were 20 people, 9 households, and 5 families residing in the township. The racial makeup of the borough was 100.00% White (20 Whites). 5.00% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race (1 Hispanic or Latino).

In the township the population was spread out with 15.0% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Township of Pahaquarry (historical), Geographic Names Information System. Accessed June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Snyder, John P. The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 247. Accessed December 11, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Bewley, Joel. "Lost to merger, a town vanished Tiny Pahaquarry Township gave up in 1997.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 23, 2006. Accessed December 11, 2012. "Pahaquarry, a Lenni-Lenape word that means 'the place between the mountains beside the waters,' rested between the Delaware River and the Kittatinny Ridge.... It lost steam and funding and was finally deauthorized by Congress in 1992."
  4. ^ a b About Warren County...Past and Present, Warren County, New Jersey. Accessed September 28, 2006.
  5. ^ Compendium of censuses 1726-1905: together with the tabulated returns of 1905, New Jersey Department of State, 1906. Accessed June 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Bowen, Francis. American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1843, p. 231, David H. Williams, 1842. Accessed June 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Debow, James Dunwoody Brownson. The Seventh Census of the United States: 1850, p. 141. R. Armstrong, 1853. Accessed December 11, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff. A compendium of the ninth census, 1870, p. 261. United States Census Bureau, 1872. Accessed December 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Porter, Robert Percival. Preliminary Results as Contained in the Eleventh Census Bulletins: Volume III - 51 to 75, p. 100. United States Census Bureau, 1890. Accessed December 11, 2012.
  10. ^ Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910: Population by Counties and Minor Civil Divisions, 1910, 1900, 1890, United States Census Bureau, p. 339. Accessed July 30, 2012.
  11. ^ Fifteenth Census of the United States : 1930 - Population Volume I, United States Census Bureau, p. 719. Accessed December 11, 2012.
  12. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 2, 2009. Accessed December 11, 2012.