Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
|Elevation||253 ft (77 m)|
|GNIS feature ID||0877634|
Lake Hiawatha is an unincorporated community located within Parsippany-Troy Hills in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. The area is served as United States Postal Service as ZIP code 07034. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population for ZIP Code Tabulation Area 07034 was 9,360.
The area was created when a chain of volcanic islands collided with the North American plate. The islands went over the North American plate and created the highlands of New Jersey. Then around 450 million years ago, a small continent collided with proto North America and created folding and faulting in western New Jersey and the southern Appalachians. When the African plate separated from North America, this created an aborted rift system or half-graben. The land lowered between the Ramapo fault in western Parsippany and the fault that was west of Paterson. The Wisconsin Glacier covered area from 21,000 to 13,000 BC. When the glacier melted due to climate change, Lake Passaic was formed, covering all of what is now Lake Hiawatha. Lake Passaic slowly drained and much of the area is swamps or low-lying meadows such as Troy Meadows. The Rockaway River flows over the Ramapo fault in Boonton and then flows along the northwestern edge of Lake Hiawatha. In this area, there are swamps near the river or in the area.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Lake Hiawatha include:
- Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. (1929 - 2016), United States Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic service at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
- Bobby Darin (1936–1973), singer. He owned a house in Lake Hiawatha, purchased with income from his rock and roll hit Dream Lover. His sister lived there, and he crashed when he was in the area. Later his sister revealed that she was actually his mother.
- "Lake Hiawatha". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
- Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed June 9, 2016.
- DP-1Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010- 2010 Demographic Profile Data for ZCTA5 07034 Archived 2020-02-10 at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed March 15, 2013.
- "Ex-Morris vet's name to grace Florida school". Daily Record. February 25, 2005. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2008.
Cafferata was born in New York City, but moved to Morris County with his family when he was 9 years old and lived in Lake Hiawatha and Montville. He graduated from Boonton High School in 1949, and was one of the first inductees to the school's Hall of Fame in 1996.