Bombay, New York

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Bombay is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 1,192 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Bombay in India by an early landowner, whose wife was from Bombay.

The Town of Bombay is in the northwest part of the county, south of Canada-United States border.



Bombay is named for the wife of Michael Hogan, an Irish ship captain who grew wealthy in the East India trade. He came to the US in 1805 with his wife, an Indian princess and bought 20,000 acres (81 km2) just north of what became the Adirondack Park, including the town of Bombay, which was named in honor of his wife's birthplace. His son, William Hogan, served as supervisor, and was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1822. In 1829 he was made a judge of the court of common pleas for Franklin county, and in 1830 he was elected to Congress.

Settlement began around 1805. The region was then known as the Town of Macomb, being part of Macomb's Purchase.

The Town of Bombay was organized from part of the Town of Fort Covington in 1833.

In 1877, the town was devastated by a plague of grasshoppers, which consumed more than half of the field crops.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.9 square miles (93.0 km²), of which, 35.8 square miles (92.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.28%) is water.

The St. Regis River flows through the northwest corner of the town.

Part of the north town line is the international border of Quebec, defined by the St. Lawrence River, and the west town line is the border of St. Lawrence County.

New York State Route 37 intersects New York State Route 95 in Bombay. New York State Route 37C intersects NY-37 at Hogansburg.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,192 people, 483 households, and 327 families residing in the town. The population density was 33.3 people per square mile (12.9/km²). There were 562 housing units at an average density of 15.7/sq mi (6.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 82.89% White, 0.42% African American, 14.85% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

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