Introduction to Bogota, New Jersey
Originally, Bogota was home to the Hackensack Native Americans. The European connection began when Henry Hudson, an Englishman, arrived in 1609, to claim the land for the Dutch, who employed him. Sarah Kiersted was the first non-native American to own land, and Joannes Winckelman was the first resident. Initially named 'Winckelman,' the name 'Bogota' took hold during the 1870's. The present name came from the Bogert family, who were one of the earliest settlers. It is also believed that the name might have been a portmanteau of Bogert and Banta. Banta was another early settler of Bogota. Bogota was formed on November 14, 1894 by adding portions of the Ridgefield Township.
Bogota and Nearby Attractions
- American Irish Historical Society
- Dahnert's Lake County Park
- Campgaw Mountain
- Belmont Park race track
- Bergen County Zoological Park
Things To Do In Bogota
The American Irish Historical Society, the Meadowlands Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History provide historical information about Bogota. Historical sites nearby are the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Liberty Hall, and the Bartow-Pell Mansion. Outdoor recreational opportunities are available at Central Park, Dahnert's Lake County Park, and Riverbank State Park. Popular attractions nearby include Belmont Park race track, Bergen County Zoological Park, and the Glen Rock Arboretum.
The Newark International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Bogota Higher Education
Colleges close to Bogota include Barnard College, Boricua College, and Columbia University.