Formerly known as Acquackanock Township, Clifton was incorporated under its new name in 1917. Acquackanock Township was named for the native tribe who inhabited that land prior to white European settlement. After its incorporation, Clifton's history is marked by the presence of industry in the city, including a textile strike in the 1920s. The town was also designated as New Jersey's fastest-growing city in 1952, marking the beginning of the population boom that would begin to fall off after the 1970s. Overall, this peaceful city has enjoyed a steady and relatively uneventful history since its founding.
This historic hot dog stand's legendary status might not make sense to those from outside the state, but New Jersey is serious about hot dogs, and Rutt's is a legend. Opened in 1928, Rutt's has stayed open and stood the test of time thanks to its signature "rippers," or hot dogs that have been deep fried, causing the casing to crack and rip. No one ever claimed that hot dogs were good for you, so why not go the extra mile? If you think your arteries can handle it, you will be in good company: Rutt's has a devoted following for a reason.
Classical Academy Cha
Clifton's public school system is a good one, but part of what makes it special is the Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton, a public charter middle school with a student body of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This school has a unique curriculum that focuses on classical education, immersing students in major works of the Western canon that may not be a major focus of other public schools. Students here interact deeply with authors like Homer and Shakespeare, helping prepare them for further liberal arts education in high school and college.