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Boonton is located in the northeastern Morris County twenty-two miles west of the George Washington Bridge and seven miles north of Morristown.  Boonton is a town that was chartered in 1867. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town population was 8,505. 

Boonton residents are mainly professionals, craftsmen, and independent business people.  The business community includes major corporations, such as Unigene (pharmaceuticals), Dauphin (commercial furniture manufacturers), Carbone-Lorraine (industrial manufacturers), Packard (specialization in antique automotive equipment), Uni-Mast (steel manufacturers), and the research and development center for Ashland Chemical Corporation.

Residential housing available in the town includes one and two family homes, condos, townhouses and restored homes representing the Colonial, Victorian and Contemporary Eras.
The Rockaway River flows through the downtown section and forms a spectacular short gorge with impressive whitewater rapids including a high waterfall.  Part of The Tourne county park is in Boonton.

Boonton offers a hometown atmosphere in close proximity to busy urban centers.  It provides spacious country living with larger lots that blend with small farms and several private lakes.  Boonton is characterized as a quiet bedroom community with an urban flavor with a small pocket of local industry.

The Main Street district is dotted with distinctive older homes and antiques shops.  The town's Main Street is unique in that it is pitched against a cliff overlooking the 'Hollow' of the Rockaway River. This was said to follow an old Native American Trail, which followed the original deer path.

Development of recreational services and facilities has enhanced the appeal of the community, offering sports fields to lakefront recreation and beaches.  Transportation efficiencies include Interstate 287 as well as commuter bus and train service to New York City.

The Boonton Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district are School Street School (grades K-3), John Hill School (grades 4-6), Boonton Middle School (grades 7&8) and Boonton High School (grades 9-12).

The district's high school serves students from Boonton and also those from Lincoln Park, who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Lincoln Park Public Schools.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is a Catholic school operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.

Public transportation to New York City is available via express and local commuter rail (NJ Transit), and by bus service (Lakeland Bus).  The Boonton train station provides service on the New Jersey Transit Montclair-Boonton Line, with service to Hoboken Terminal.  Lakeland Bus Lines Inc provides express bus service to the Port of New York and New Jersey terminal in Midtown New York City.  New Jersey Transit bus service is provided on the 873 local route.

Interstate 287 and Route 202 run through the center of town. While many residents commute to work in Newark and New York City, many others work in the surrounding areas of northern and central New Jersey.

Boonton Farmers Market is located at Upper Plane Street Parking Lot, just behind Main St. accessed at the intersection of Boonton Ave. and Main St.

National Register of Historic Places listings for Boonton--
- Boonton Historic District, Main, Church, Birch, Cornelia and Cedar Sts., Boonton
- Boonton Public Library, 619 Main St., Boonton
- Decker-Kincaid Homestead, 591 Powerville Rd., Boonton
- Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station, Myrtle Ave., Main, and Division Sts., Boonton
- Miller-Kingsland House, Vreeland Ave., Boonton

Places of interest include--
- Grace Lord Park
- Greenwood Cemetery
- Darress Theatre - a historic theatre
- Boonton Holmes Public Library - has been in operation since 1894.

The building was willed to the Town of Boonton by James Holmes for use as a public library, who made his fortune in the nail factory business (taking charge of the Taylor & Lord Nail Factory).  He developed a strong loyalty to the town and committed himself to its development. He used his fortune to help develop municipal organizations and community projects.

Holmes also used his wealth to improve the town, one example was when he donated the land and purchased the equipment to begin the firehouse in South Boonton.  Also he started the first Boonton National Bank and served as its president. Mr. Holmes died on February 26, 1893.

The town was originally called "Boone-Towne" in 1761 in honor of the Colonial Governor Thomas Boone.  Today's Boonton began in about 1829, as a result of the construction of the Morris Canal and the development of the New Jersey Iron Company. The original location of the town is now largely under the Jersey City Reservoir, completed in 1904. The waters from this reservoir were the first municipal water supply in the United States to be chlorinated in 1908.

Early history of the town revolved around iron.  As early as 1747, Obadiah Baldwin operated an iron refining forge in the area.  The Boonton Iron Works were founded about 1770 by Samuel Ogden along the Rockaway River. Throughout the American Revolutionary War the Booneton Iron Works was busily engaged in supplying numerous miscellaneous iron products for the military. After the war, it became a declining business.

In 1824, interest in rejuvenating the antiquated ironworks faded when the Morris Canal was to be constructed, and it would be of little service to the Village of Booneton a mile or more away.  However, the nearness of the canal to Booneton Falls made that site ideal for a large factory and in 1830 the New Jersey Iron Company was founded.  With the erection of the mills, a new town, called Booneton Falls appeared.

The new Iron Company flourished for nearly fifty years. The new village of Booneton Falls - like the older Booneton downstream - was essentially a one-industry town. After the Company closed down its operations in 1876, the town was on the verge of collapse.

Although several attempts - one by the eminent Joseph Wharton - were made to re-establish iron works on a smaller scale, none endured for any great length of time. Only vestiges of foundations and structures remain in the "Hollow", between Plane Street and the river, to remind Boonton of its own Iron Age.

One of the first of the new industries secured for the town was a silk factory, which, as Pelgram & Meyer, and, later as Van Raalte, Inc., contributed materially to the town's prosperity. Others that followed were a knife factory, a paper mill (at the old village, by then called Old Boonton), a nail factory, a brass and iron foundry, and a carriage factory.

In 1891, the Loanda Hard Rubber Company was founded by Edwin A. Scribner, and began the manufacture of molded hard rubber products.  In 1906, Richard W. Seabury, became the world's first molding of organic plastics in 1907.  Boontonware, a molded plastic dinnerware, was sold nationwide.  George Scribner furthered the business of plastics molding and established Boonton Molding, which went on to produce the famous Boontonware dinnerware, molded plastic plates, bowls, and cups manufactured in the 1950s and 1960s.

The molded plastics industry was to some extent responsible for bringing the radio and electronics industries to the Boonton area. In the 1920s, the burgeoning radio industry created more than a half dozen radio and electronics firms and most of those companies are now divisions of larger corporations and relocated elsewhere.

The largest industry in the town of Boonton during the 20th century began in 1917, when E.A. Stevenson & Company established the "Butter Works" on the site of the old Knox Hat factory, and started processing coconut and other vegetable oils and making margarine. The Boonton plant grew to be one of the largest edible oils processors in the country. The plant closed in the early 1990s, and the site is now a WalMart.

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