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Keansburg NJ  

Keansburg is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and as of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 10,732.  According to the Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 16.8 square miles, of which, 1.1 square miles of it is land and 15.8 square miles (93.58%) is water.

Keansburg was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1917 from portions of both Middletown Township and Raritan Township (now Hazlet).

The borough of Keansburg provides tranquil neighborhoods and a close-knit community spirit.  Like most of New Jersey's smaller resort communities, the borough began through the efforts of a land development company.  Recreational opportunities are outstanding, especially for those who appreciate oceanfront water sports.

Keansburg is part of the Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan, an effort by nine municipalities in northern Monmouth County to reinvigorate the area's economy by emphasizing the traditional downtowns, dense residential neighborhoods, maritime history, and the natural beauty of the Raritan Bay coastline.

Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade are served by the Keansburg School District, identified as an Abbott District.  Schools in the district are Port Monmouth Road School (PreK-2), Joseph C. Caruso School (grades 3-4), Joseph R. Bolger Middle School (grades 5-8) and Keansburg High School (grades 9-12).  Private education pre-kindergarten-8th grade is offered by St.Ann School.

Points of interest--
- Keansburg Fishing Pier--275 Beachway.
- Keansburg Amusement Park--This is an amusement park with a paved boardwalk and water park (Runaway Rapids Water Park).  275 Beachway Ave, Keansburg, NJ - Right across the street from each other, you can purchase a two park pass so you can go to the waterpark or Amusement Park all day.  Runaway Rapids has dozens of rides and interactive attractions. There is also has a sunbathing area surrounding the play pool areas.
- Henry Hudson Bike Trail--This paved 24-mile long trail is a former railroad right-of-way.  Much of the trail is tree-lined, though some parts have views of surrounding wetlands, streams and fields. The Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center is located on Hwy 36, Leonardo near the intersection Hwy 36/Avenue D, Atlantic Highlands.
- New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route--The New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route extends south for nearly 300 miles from Perth Amboy to Cape May and westward along the Delaware Bay to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

The present Borough of Keansburg was incorporated in 1917.  The land that was developed was from Campview Place to Highland Avenue, and bounded by Seeley Avenue and the shore. This was accomplished by the dredging of sand from the Raritan Bay. Carr Avenue was laid out as one of the first streets.

The land that is now Keansburg was originally home to the Lenni Lenape Native Americans.

On September 3, 1609, the Half Moon, captained by Henry Hudson is said to have landed on the shores of present-day Keansburg (though some historians argue that the landing and forth-coming explained events took place at the tip of Sandy Hook).

In the time between 1609 and the early 18th century, the land was gradually purchased from the Lenni-Lenape with other surrounding areas. The area was inhabited by Dutch, English, and Scottish settlers. In the 18th century, farming proved to be successful on Keansburg's land, with specialties being pears, apples and corn (maize).

The land took on its second official name of Granville due to the importance of the Phillips Mill, and the grain producing farms in the region. The name held until 1880s.

During the century, Granville became home to its own church, two lighthouses and small businesses.  Roadways were beginning to form from repeated use of horse and buggies.  The beach was already a favorite to visitors.  Population was about 300 people, who mostly farmed and clammed for a living.

Efforts that led to the opening of the post office in 1884, also resulted in the name Keansburg being adopted.

Further development continued with the creation of postcards depicting the village and land purchases, including some key buys by William A. Gehlhaus and the Keansburg Beach Company. A school was built at the cost of $30,000 in 1890 and sat on what is today the corner of Ramsay Avenue and Church Street (now Fallon Manor).

William A. Gehlhaus organized and incorporated the New Point Comfort Beach Company, whose charter dates back to 1906, and then he organized the Keansburg Steamboat Company in 1909.  In 1910, the first steamboat, named the Nantasket, was purchased from the Long Island Railroad.  The boat was used as a commuter service and operated four round trips daily between Decoration Day and Labor Day.

Over the years, other steamboats were purchased and operated from the Battery, New York to Keansburg, but the “City of Keansburg” was the only steamboat that was built specifically for the Keansburg Steamboat Company in 1926 in Newburgh, New York. The steamboat era ended with the destruction of the pier during the hurricane in 1962.

Keansburg became one of the most popular vacation spots on the shore, known for its bathing beaches, large rooming houses, fishing, boardwalk, and amusement parks.

The Keansburg Historical Society was begun in 1995. Its members continue to preserve and share the wonderful history of Keansburg with all visitors at the Museum on 59 Carr Avenue.

After the town's decline, small beach houses were cheaply sold and converted into year-round housing.  Further evidence of a possible comeback include the Keansburg beautification project, building of new condominiums across the street from the boardwalk, the construction of a skateboard park, the hiring of a part-time recreation program director and the opening of the first free-standing public library in the borough.

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