Gasport, New York

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Gasport is a hamlet (and census-designated place) located in the Town of Royalton in Niagara County, New York, United States. The population was 1,248 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from observed natural gas and the historic Erie Canal port at that location. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Gasport is east of the City of Lockport.

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History

On May 18, 1826, a geological expedition, led by Amos Eaton and physicist Joseph Henry of the Rensselaerian School (now Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) through the western part of New York state aboard the canal boat "LaFayette," encountered flammable coal gas rising from a spring. They named the local community Gasport. On the return voyage, May 26, they passed through the settlement again, and saw that the name was already appearing on signboards.

Geography

Gasport is located at 43°11′52″N 78°34′21″W / 43.19778°N 78.5725°W / 43.19778; -78.5725 (43.197713, -78.572630)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.05%) is water.

The hamlet of Gasport is located on New York State Route 31 (Rochester Road) and the Erie Canal.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,248 people, 456 households, and 315 families residing in the community. The population density was 435.1 per square mile (167.9/km²). There were 491 housing units at an average density of 171.2/sq mi (66.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.91% White, 0.64% African American, 1.20% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

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