Duane, New York

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Duane is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 159 at the 2000 census. The town is named after James Duane, a developer and grandson of New York City Mayor James Duane.

The Town of Duane is within the Adirondack Park in the south part of the county, south of the Village of Malone.



The Town of Duane was formed in 1828 from part of the Town of Malone. One of the first endeavors was the processing of iron ore.

The Meacham Lake Hotel was a popular tourist resort until it closed in 1921. The land was purchased by New York and converted to a campground by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Former NY-99 was converted to County Road 26 in 1994. Gordon's Crossing is located at the intersection of old Rt. 99 and County Rt. 26.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 78.0 square miles (202.0 km²), of which, 75.1 square miles (194.4 km²) of it is land and 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²) of it (3.74%) is water.

New York State Route 30 is a north-south highway. New York State Route 458 intersects NY-30 at the south town line by Meacham Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 159 people, 72 households, and 47 families residing in the town. The population density was 2.1 people per square mile (0.8/km²). There were 231 housing units at an average density of 3.1/sq mi (1.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.11% White, 0.63% Native American, 1.26% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 72 households out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.70. The name is that of James Duane.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.0% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 35.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

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