Neversink, New York

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Neversink is a town in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 3,553 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Neversink is in the northeast corner of the county. The Neversink River that flows through the town is claimed to be the birthplace of American fly fishing.

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History

The town was formed from the Town of Rochester in Ulster County, New York in 1798 before Sullivan County was formed. The Town of Rockland was created from part of Neversink in 1809, and part of Neversink was used to make the newer Town of Fallsburg in 1826. When the Neversink and Rondout reservoirs were built, as part of the New York City water supply system, the communities of "Old Neversink" and "Bittersweet" (Neversink Reservoir), "Eureka", "Montela", and "Lackawack" (Rondout Reservoir) were lost.

In 1935 the town passed a dry law prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, which is still in effect today.[1][2] Efforts to repeal it over the years have failed; most recently in 2006 when a petition to change it was found to have too few valid signatures.

Geography

Part of the town is in the Catskill Park. The northern and eastern town lines are the border of Ulster County, New York.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 86.4 square miles (223.7 km²), of which, 82.9 square miles (214.8 km²) of it is land and 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²) of it (3.99%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,553 people, 1,346 households, and 1,008 families residing in the town. The population density was 42.8 people per square mile (16.5/km²). There were 1,960 housing units at an average density of 23.6/sq mi (9.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.93% White, 0.56% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.65% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.20% of the population.

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