Galen, New York

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Galen is a town in Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 4,439 at the 2000 census. The town is named after the classical physician Galen.

The Town of Galen is on the south border of the county and west of Syracuse, New York.



Before the French and Indian War, there was a French block house and trading post near Clyde.

The town was first settled around 1800 near Marengo.

The town was part of a tract set aside for physicians and surgeons of the Colonial Army as part of the Central New York Military Tract used to pay soldiers of the American Revolution. Galen was formed from the Town of Junius in Seneca County in 1812 and became part of Wayne County in 1823, but lost part of its area to form the Town of Savannah in 1824.

The glass industry was important during the early history of Galen.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 60.0 square miles (155.5 km²), of which, 59.4 square miles (153.9 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (1.00%) is water.

The Erie Canal passes through the town, incorporating part of the Clyde River. During renovations of the canal, the route was altered, leaving behind remnants of the original Erie Canal.

The southern border of the town also constitutes part of the border between Wayne County and Seneca County (Town of Junius).

New York State Route 31 is an east-west highway near the Erie Canal, and it intersects New York State Route 414 in the village of Clyde.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,439 people, 1,645 households, and 1,187 families residing in the town. The population density was 74.7 people per square mile (28.8/km²). There were 1,805 housing units at an average density of 30.4/sq mi (11.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.21% White, 3.36% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

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