Fine, New York

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Fine is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 1,622 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Judge John Fine, a businessman involved in settling the town.

The Town of Fine is in the south part of the county, south of Canton.

The New York State Ranger School is in the eastern part of the town.

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History

The first settlement was begun by Elias Teall, who made a contract on the 24th of October, 1823, with the proprietors of the east half of Scriba, and undertook to secure settlers on the tract. He built a mill on a branch of the Oswegatchie and made some small improvements; but his undertaking failed. September 6, 1828, James C. Haile made a contract with the proprietors, and built a saw mill and a small grist mill on the Oswegatchie; he induced other settlers to come in. In May, 1833, he also left the town, his settlers having abandoned him. In February, 1834, Arnasa I. Brown contracted with the owners for the Haile improvements and an additional tract of land, and in March of that year moved his family in; his nearest neighbors were ten miles away. A few others soon joined him, and in 1843 there were forty three or forty-four voters.

The little hamlet of Fine is on the Oswegatchie River about five miles southeasterly from South Edwards. It has been locally known as "Smithville" from William P. Smith, who was an early resident there.

The town was organized in 1849 from parts of the Towns of Pierrepont and Russell.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 169.4 square miles (438.8 km²), of which, 167.1 square miles (432.8 km²) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²) of it (1.36%) is water.

The town is within the Adirondack Park.

The south town line is the border of Lewis County and Herkimer County.

New York State Route 3, an east-west highway, crosses the town. New York State Route 58 intersects NY-3 near Fine village.

The Oswegatchie River flows from Cranberry Lake in a westerly direction through Fine.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,622 people, 667 households, and 452 families residing in the town. The population density was 9.7 people per square mile (3.7/km²). There were 1,137 housing units at an average density of 6.8/sq mi (2.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.29% White, 0.68% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

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