Montour Falls, New York

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Montour Falls is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. The population was 1,797 at the 2000 census. A waterfall in the village gives the village its name. The name "Montour" is derived from Catherine Montour.

The Village of Montour Falls is mostly within the Town of Montour, but a small part in within the Town of Dix. The village is north of Elmira, New York.

The New York Academy of Fire Science is located in the village.



The village was previously known as Queanettquaga, Catherine's Town, and finally Havana by 1788. The original native village was destroyed by the Sullivan Expedition of 1779. The current village was settled around 1790.

It was the first county seat of Schuyler County, but in 1861 the county seat was moved to Watkins Glen. The current name of Montour Falls was adopted in 1890. The village was located on the former Chemung Canal and was incorporated in 1836.

The main attraction is a 150' waterfall located on the west side of the village. At the base of the falls the sign spells it "She-qua-ga". On the bridge above the waterfall it's spelled "Che-qua-ga". The historian was recently asked about the difference in spelling. She claims the original spelling was "Che-qua-ga" and that apparently someone along the way began spelling it incorrectly and it stuck. In addition to the two spellings you will also see it written with the 'S' or 'C' but without the hyphens. Some may refer to the falls as simply "Montour Falls".

The former Chemung Canal passed through the village.


Montour Falls is located at 42°20′57″N 76°50′47″W / 42.34917°N 76.84639°W / 42.34917; -76.84639 (42.349209, -76.846450)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.66%) is water.

New York State Route 14 intersects New York State Route 224 in Montour Falls.

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