Fenton, New York

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Fenton is a town in Broome County, New York, United States. The population was 6,909 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Reuben Fenton, a governor of New York. The original name was Port Crane.

The Town of Fenton is in the northeastern part of the county and is northeast of Binghamton.



The town was first settled around 1788. The Town of Fenton, then called Port Crane, was formed from the Town of Chenango in 1855. The name was changed to Fenton in 1867. A small settlement within Fenton carried on the name of Port Crane, up to the present.

The former Chenango Canal (1834 - 1876) passed through the west side of the town. The town developed and prospered with the advent of the canal. While the canal was supplanted by the railroads, the town was bypassed by the trains. When the canal was gone, the prosperity in Port Crane left with it. Today, Port Crane is but a shadow of its former self.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.4 square miles (86.4 km²), of which, 32.9 square miles (85.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.47%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Chenango County, and the west town line is marked by the Chenango River.

Interstate 88 crosses the south part of the town. New York State Route 7 parallels the interstate. New York State Route 369 is a north-south highway in the town and intersects New York State Route 79 at North Fenton.

Adjacent towns and areas

To the east is the Town of Colesville, and to the west are the Towns of Chenango and Barker. The Towns of Kirkwood and Dickinson are on the south side. The Town of Greene in Chenango County is at the north town line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,909 people, 2,763 households, and 1,947 families residing in the town. The population density was 210.1 people per square mile (81.1/km²). There were 2,941 housing units at an average density of 89.4/sq mi (34.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.52% White, 0.87% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

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