German Flatts, New York

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German Flatts is a town in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 13,629 at the 2000 census.

The Town of German Flatts is in the south part of Herkimer County, across from the of Village of Herkimer on the south side of the Mohawk River, and southeast of Utica.




This was one of the original areas of the Burnetsfield Patent, when Palatine German immigrants were granted leases to purchase land from the Mohawk Iroquois in 1722-1723. The village was attacked during the French and Indian War, as well as during the American Revolutionary War. Residents retreated to Fort Herkimer, which they built on the south bank of the Mohawk River.

The town was set apart in the now defunct Tryon County, which was broken up into Montgomery and other counties after the Revolutionary War. It was established as a town in 1788 before the formation of Herkimer County. Previous to the establishment, the area that was to become the town had also been called German Flatts.


In 1791, when Herkimer County was established, German Flatts was one of the three original towns. Three new towns were created from German Flatts in 1792: Frankfort, Litchfield, and Warren. Another part of German Flatts was used in 1829 to form part of the Town of Little Falls.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.3 square miles (88.7 km²), of which, 33.7 square miles (87.4 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.52%) is water.

The north town line is marked by the Mohawk River and the Erie Canal.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) crosses the northeast part of the town. New York State Route 5S passes through the northern part of German Flatts and intersects New York State Route 28 in Mohawk village. New York State Route 168 runs southeasterly through the town from Mohawk village.


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