Pompton Lakes Information
Welcome to the Borough of Pompton Lakes Municipal Website.
Pompton Lakes is a 2.97 sq mile suburban community in Passaic County which is home for over 10,640 residents. Three rivers, the Ramapo, Pequannock and Wanaque, run through the Borough providing many relaxing year-round activities for Pompton residents. Pompton’s municipal parks, playgrounds and athletic fields host active recreational and competitive sport programs for residents of all ages. Pompton Lakes possesses a pleasant downtown business community which provides a variety of retail stores, service oriented businesses, professional offices and eateries.
Pompton’s website will post municipal services and public events throughout the year.
USS Battleship Maine
The Battleship USS MAINE was dispatched from Key West, Florida on January 24, 1898 and while at anchor at Havana, Cuba on February 15, 1898, suffered an explosion and fire that killed two-thirds of her crew; seventeen were residents of New Jersey. The ship sank immediately and was finally raised and disposed of by sinking at sea. Whatever the cause of the explosion, the cry of “Remember the Maine” called our country and its citizens to war two months later in April of 1898. In a scant six months, the Spanish-American War was fought and settled.
When the Maine was raised in preparation for burial at sea in 1905, key pieces were placed around the United States for memorials to the sailors that lost their lives in the sinking and the men killed in this war.
…the Main Mast is at Arlington National Cemetery over the graves of the
260 crew members;
…the Fore Mast is at the United States Naval Academy:
…the Anchor at Reading, Pennsylvania:
…the Windlass at Key West, Florida;
…and the Maine’s Engine room Funnel went to Pompton Lakes, New
Jersey when it was placed as an eternal memorial marker in a park
area on Hamburg Turnpike!
In 1914, the Borough of Pompton Lakes erected a Memorial and constructed a park for the USS MAINE that houses and displays the original funnel of the battleship.