Morehouse, New York

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Morehouse is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 151 at the 2000 census. The name is that of an early settler, Andrew Morehouse.

The Town of Morehouse is in the Adirondack Park. The town is in the southwestern corner of the county and is north of Utica.

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History

Morehouse was formed from part of the Town of Lake Pleasant in 1835. Part of the town was later taken and added to the Town of Long Lake. An additional part of Morehouse was taken for Long Lake in 1861. In 1901, the Town of Inlet was formed from the northern end of the town.

The town is notable for many failed attempts to develop it economically. Ultimately, those parts of the original town only became important after separation from Morehouse.

One of the most newsworthy events to occur in town was the crash landing of an American Airways Curtis Condor in December 1934 and daring rescue of the crew by locals on snowshoes in the southern end of town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 194.7 square miles (504.3 km²), of which, 191.1 square miles (495.0 km²) of it is land and 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²) of it (1.86%) is water.

The western and southern town lines of Morehouse are the border of Herkimer County.

The West Canada Creek flows out the west town line, and other tributaries of that stream flow through the town. The Moose River marks the north town line.

New York State Route 8, an east-west highway, is the only significant road in Hoffmeister.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 151 people, 65 households, and 46 families residing in the town. The population density was 0.8 people per square mile (0.3/km²). There were 293 housing units at an average density of 1.5/sq mi (0.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.35% White, 1.32% Native American, 1.32% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

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