Westfield Avenue

Westfield Avenue, East of 26th Street. Postcard. Today, this aligns to 2603 to 2649 Westfield Avenue.

Westfield Avenue, originally designated as the Westfield and Camden Turnpike, gained more widespread recognition as the Burlington Turnpike. Initially, it was one of the privately constructed and maintained thoroughfares. However, in response to public discontent over toll charges and the subpar condition of the roads, local government acquired Westfield Avenue in May of 1904, spending over $32,000 for the takeover. This move was part of a broader initiative to eliminate tolls on various roads that had fallen into disrepair. Other streets in Camden underwent a similar transition during this period, including the White Horse Pike (1893), Mount Ephraim Avenue, Marlton Avenue (1907), Haddon Avenue (1909), and Federal Street (1913).

Westfield Avenue, once a toll road, featured the lone tollgate within the city limits of Camden at 36th Street.

In 1936, the Public Works Administration inaugurated Westfield Acres, marking Camden’s inaugural public housing project. Occupancy began in the spring of 1938. Eventually, Westfield Acres was razed to pave the way for the new Baldwin’s Run homes in 2000. The revitalized community welcomed its first residents in the spring of 2003.


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  1. Janis DiSibio Avatar
    Janis DiSibio

    My first home (1942-1950) was 2196 federal st. It was a barbershop next to Clement’s junk yard. My family then moved to 3424 (3525) Westfield ave, Joseph’s Barbershop.

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