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Totowa Borough

Totowa Borough Hall is located at 537 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ 07512; phone: 973-956-1004.

Totowa was incorporated as a borough in 1898.

Totowa as described in 1939 [1]

Totowa is a residential extension of Paterson, in whose silk and dye mills a large part of the borough's adult population is employed. During the Revolution, Washington and his men were encamped in Totowa, where they drilled on a vacant field. One of the early settlers, Joshua Hott Smith, was involved in Benedict Arnold's plot. He escaped execution after a summary court martial delivered the rather remarkable judgment that he was undoubtedly guilty of every charge but that the evidence, unfortunately, was insufficient to convict him. Dutch scholars translate Totowa, or Totua, as it appears in some early records, as where you begin, suggesting that it was once the frontier to the wild west.

  1. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey, New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past, American Guide Series, The Viking Press, 1939, New York
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