Newcomb, New York

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Newcomb is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 481 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Newcomb is at the west border of the county. It is 58 miles (93 km) southwest of Plattsburgh,[1] 59 miles (94 km) southwest of Burlington, VT, 81 miles (130 km) northeast of Utica, NY, 93 miles (149 km) north-northeast of Albany, NY, and 111 miles (178 km) south-southwest of Montreal, Quebec.[2] The town is inside the Adirondack Park; it contains the Lake Harris Campground. The town is the largest in area in Essex County.



The town lies in an area claimed prehistorically by both Iroquois and Algonquin tribes.

The town was settled around 1816. Most of the early industry was devoted to harvesting lumber until the discovery of large iron ore deposits.

The Town of Newcomb was established in 1828 from parts of the Towns of Minerva and Moriah. It includes the Hamlet of Newcomb, but does not contain a village.

By the end of the 19th Century, the town was becoming famous as a sportsman's paradise.

Theodore Roosevelt was informed of the impending death of President William McKinley in September 1901 while hunting and hiking in the town.

The Mount Adams Fire Observation Station, located atop Mount Adams, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 233.2 square miles (603.9 km²), of which, 226.6 square miles (586.8 km²) of it is land and 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²) of it (2.83%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Hamilton County. The western part of the north town line is the county line of Franklin County.

The Hudson River flows southward out of the center of the town.

New York State Route 28N, an east-west road, is a major highway in Newcomb.

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