Lake Luzerne, New York

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Lake Luzerne is a town in southern Warren County, New York, United States. The northern part of the town is within the Adirondack Park. The town is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[1] Lake Luzerne is west of the city of Glens Falls. The town population was 3,219 at the 2000 census.[2]

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History

The area received its first permanent settlers around 1770. The town of Lake Luzerne was set off from the town of Queensbury in 1792 as the "Town of Fairfield." [3] In 1808, the town changed its name to "Luzerne," and in 1963 to "Lake Luzerne".[4] Now known more for its Lake Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, artists such as classical guitarist Joel Brown, the Imani Winds, violinist Raymond Gniewek, and jazz greats Chris and Dave Brubeck perform during the summer months.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 54.1 square miles (140.0 km²), of which, 52.6 square miles (136.3 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it (2.66%) is water.

The south and west town lines are the border of Saratoga County, New York and the Hudson River. Just north of the bridge across the Hudson to Hadley is the most narrow point of the entire Hudson River, Rockwell Falls. Just south of here is where the Sacandaga River meets the Hudson.

Lake Luzerne represents a divide between water flowing south through the Hudson River and water flowing north through Lake George to the St. Lawrence River.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,219 people, 1,264 households, and 883 families residing in the town. The population density was 61.2 people per square mile (23.6/km²). There were 1,949 housing units at an average density of 37.0/sq mi (14.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.79% White, 0.25% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

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