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History of Fair Lawn, NJ
No historic account of Fair Lawn would be complete without recognition
of the Lenni-Lenapi ("original people"), native tribes
of northern New Jersey. Their trails, campsites, rock shelters and
hunting grounds became the roads and towns we use today. When the
first Dutch settlers made their way up to what we know as the Hackensack
and Passaic Rivers, it was to establish fur trading posts with the
Hackinghaesaky Indians, one of the tribes of the Lenni-Lenapi. The
great chief of the tribes was Oratam. As settlements grew, the Lenni-Lenapi
were forced further west to unsettled land. They left behind place
names of Indian origin. Few of us realize how many such names are
still with us, for example: Passaic (either "where the river
goes over the falls" or "valley"), Paramus ("fine
stream" or "place of wild turkeys"), Wagaraw ("crooked
place" or "river bend"). Typically, River Road, one
of the oldest roads in the eastern part of our country, was once
an Indian trail, leading to the "Great Rock" tribal council
site in Glen Rock.
The most interesting
Indian relic in Fair Lawn is the fish trap (weir) in the Passaic
River (Native American Fishing Weir Web Site). It can be seen during
low water 200 yard upstream from the Fair Lawn Avenue bridge. The
trap consists of two rows of stones forming a V-shaped dam into
which the Indians drove the fish during migration, closing the opening
at the point of the V with weighted nets. The Dutch called this
the "slotendam," or "sloterdam" from the verb
sluiten, "shut." This gave rise to the name of Slooterdam
(also spelled Sloterdam) which was used to describe the surrounding
area. Fair Lawn was known as Slooterdam as late as 1791, and River
Road was called the "Slauterdam Road" until after the
Civil War. Moving Companies Fair Lawn