Roscoe, New York

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Roscoe is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 597 at the 2000 census.

Roscoe is in the southwest part of the Town of Rockland, adjacent to New York State Route 17.

It is named for New York Senator Roscoe Conkling.[1]

Roscoe calls itself the "Trout Town, USA." The town is a destination for fly-fishing enthusiasts because of its location at the intersection of two rivers popular for trout fishing (the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc). The community is a traditional stopping point for people traveling along Route 17 (between New York City and Binghamton, New York) because the facilities are right by the access road to the highway. These include a diner, gas stations, and convenience stores.

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History

In 1789 Roscoe was called Westfield Flats. It was the home of the Delaware Indians, where wolves roamed freely.

Roscoe, like most of the Catskills, was part of the Hardenbergh Patent in the early 18th century which in turn was purchased by the last Lord of the Manor of Livingston Manor, Robert Livingston. The first settlers were brothers who bought the area around Roscoe from Livingston's son Jonatahan Livingston. Stewart Street is one of the community's main streets.[2]

During the construction of New York State Route 17 (Southern Tier Expressway), the section near Roscoe was one of the last to be completed, requiring travelers to exit onto the local trunk roads for several miles.

Geography

Roscoe is located at 41°56′10″N 74°54′58″W / 41.936128°N 74.916121°W / 41.936128; -74.916121.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km2), all land.

Roscoe is just inside the boundary of the Catskill Park. The community is at the junction of Beaver Kill and Willowemoc Creek and is also home to the popular Roscoe Diner.

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