is an unincorporated area
in Waterford Township
in Camden County
, New Jersey
, United States
, in the Philadelphia
metropolitan area, located 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Camden at 39.769 North, -74.887 West. The town is at the western edge of Wharton State Forest
and the Pine Barrens
. Atco is the home of the Atco Raceway
, and served as the location for movie, Eddie and the Cruisers
in 1983. An episode of Viva La Bam
was shot at the raceway. The area is served as United States Postal Service ZIP Code
As of the United States 2000 Census, the population for ZIP Code Tabulation Area 08004 was 14,299.
The area gets its name from the Atlantic Transportation Company, though other possible derivations have been offered. Camden and Atlantic Railroad
was founded in 1854; it crossed the Pinelands
to Atlantic City
. The Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad
was established soon after, linking Atco to communities such as Toms River
Legend has it that the ghost of a young boy haunts Burnt Mill Road in Atco. Supposedly, about 8 years ago a young boy was killed by a speeding car or truck(depending on who is telling the story) after he ran out into the road chasing after a ball. If you go to Burnt Mill Road at night, park at the gate of the soccer fields then blink your light three times. Then drive up to the third telephone pole, and turn off your lights you might see the boy chasing after his ball.
I practice on the soccer fields on the same streets. I have done this before and I DID see the ghost. If you do it correctly it will work.
On August 9th, 2008, Delaware Valley Paranormal Association(DVPA) announced that they will be filming a documentary
on the Atco Ghost
that is scheduled to be released this upcoming Halloween
Besides the DVPA's film, the Atco Ghost has also been featured in the book, Weird NJ.
Atco is the site of Assumption School
, an elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden
Notable current and former residents of Atco include:
- Sally Starr, Actress who had a TV show in the fifties that broadcast in and over the Delaware Valley.