Bergen Avenue


Bergen Avenue is situated in Camden’s Cramer Hill section, east of North 32nd Street. It runs north from Cleveland Avenue, intersecting Hayes Avenue and River Road, and continues across Harrison Avenue towards the Delaware River, ultimately ending at Farragut Avenue.

The avenue is likely named after one of the Bergen brothers, Martin V. Bergen or Christopher A. Bergen, who were prominent figures in legal and civic circles in Camden during the late 1800s. Christopher Bergen was honored with the naming of the C.A. Bergen School in South Camden.

Prior to 1924, Bergen Avenue saw the construction of numerous single-family homes. In the late 1940s or early 1950s, a significant number of brick row houses were added in the 900, 1000, and 1100 blocks.

Unfortunately, the 900 block of Bergen Avenue has witnessed several tragic events. In the 1950s, a young boy named Eddie Marren drowned in a boating accident. In 1963, his sister and three other young individuals lost their lives in a car accident. In 2005, three small children tragically died after accidentally locking themselves in the trunk of a car parked in the yard of 957 Bergen Avenue.


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