West Long Branch
West Long Branch is Located in
Monmouth County New Jersey
West Long Branch is a Borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United
States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was
8,258. It is the home of Monmouth University.
In 1908, the people of the West Long Branch section of Eatontown became
unhappy with paying taxes to Eatontown and not getting what they thought
was a fair return. A request was made that the West Long Branch section
be separated from Eatontown. The Township of Eatontown strongly resisted
as there were several large estates in the West Long Branch section that
were a source of considerable taxes. An Act of the New Jersey
Legislature was passed on April 7, 1908, and the Monmouth County Board
of Chosen Freeholders authorized an election. On May 5, 1908 the
referendum was held in West Long Branch with voters approving the
separation. On Tuesday, June 16, 1908, the West Long Branch section of
Eatontown Township became the independent Borough of West Long Branch.
Prior to being called West Long Branch the town was called
Mechanicsville from the 18th century through the Civil War and then
Branchburg in the 1870s. The name West Long Branch appears in the 1889
Wolverton Atlas of Monmouth county.
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