Boston, New York

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Boston is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 7,897 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Boston, Massachusetts.

The Town of Boston is an interior town of the county and one of the county's "Southtowns." Boston is southeast of Buffalo.

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History

The Iroquois, under various names, lived here until the European immigrants became predominant.

In 1804, brothers Charles and Oliver Johnson and their families became the area's first settlers. The first Christian church was the Free Will Baptist Church, founded circa 1811. On April 5, 1817 the town of Boston was formed from a portion of the Town of Eden. The first post office opened in 1832 on the north side of town.

In 1843, the town suffered an epidemic (28 of the 43 residents were affected, 10 of them died) believed to be typhoid fever, possibly from a local well.

This town has much history that can be found on the headstones in the cemetery across from the Boston Town Hall. There are many old gravestones that show some of the first settlers in the town and the infamous "love" murder.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.8 square miles (92.8 km²), all of it land.

Geologically speaking, Boston, NY is one of the more interesting places in the Greater Niagara region, for many glacial activities, over very many long years, caused sufficient pressure indentation to alter dramatically the landscape and even the water table.

U.S. Route 219 crosses the town. New York State Route 277 (Boston State Road/Herman Hill Road) intersects New York State Route 391 (Boston State Road) in the northwest part of the town at North Boston.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,897 people, 2,997 households, and 2,244 families residing in the town. The population density was 220.4 people per square mile (85.1/km²). There were 3,122 housing units at an average density of 87.1/sq mi (33.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.91% White, 0.14% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

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