Beekmantown, New York

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Beekmantown is a town in Clinton County, New York, United States. The population was 5,326 at the 2000 census. The town name is that of William Beekman, an original landowner.

The Town of Beekmantown is on the east border of the county, north of the City of Plattsburgh.

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Background

The town was first settled around 1783. The town was formed in 1820 from the Town of Plattsburgh. Part of Beekmantown was lost in 1854 when the Town of Dannemora was established.

War of 1812

During the War of 1812, some skirmishing occurred in the town during 1814.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 69.6 square miles (180.3 km²), of which, 60.5 square miles (156.6 km²) of it is land and 9.1 square miles (23.6 km²) of it (13.12%) is water.

The east town line, defined by Lake Champlain is the border of Vermont.

The Northway (Interstate 87) and US Route 9 are major north-south highways in the eastern part of Beekmantown. New York State Route 22 and New York State Route 190 are north-south highways west of the interstate. New York State Route 456 is an east-west highway.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,326 people, 2,004 households, and 1,476 families residing in the town. The population density was 88.1 people per square mile (34.0/km²). There were 2,210 housing units at an average density of 36.5/sq mi (14.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.63% White, 0.71% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

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