From the spelling of Hawthorne Avenue you may think it was named after the American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, but you would be wrong. The original spelling was Hawthorn Avenue and it was named after the hawthorn hedge, which bordered the road for a distance near Osborne Terrace. The "e" was officially added sometime in the late 1880's, reason unknown. Until 1897, the part of Hawthorne Avenue west of Bergen Street was not in Newark, but Clinton Township. In 1897 that part of Clinton Township was annexed into Newark and by 1902, all of Clinton Township was annexed into Newark.
Unlike today, Hawthorne Avenue extended past Elizabeth Avenue ending at a dock on Bound Creek. The dock was used by farmers to ship their goods in small sloops to New York City. The dock disappeared before 1900 and by 1927 the creek was replaced by a condiut westward to Meeker Avenue and past that it was transformed into Weequahic Lake.
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