Shandaken, New York

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Shandaken is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,235. The name is from a native phrase for "land of rapid waters."

The Town of Shandaken is located on the county's northern border. Shandaken is northwest of Kingston, New York. Shandaken is also the home of Timber Lake Camp, one of the more prominent summer camps in the Northeast region.



The town was first settled around the time of the American Revolution. Shandaken was established as a town in 1804 from part of the Town of Woodstock. In 1809, the town was increased by territory from the Town of Neversink (in Sullivan County). Later, some of Shandaken was used to help form the Towns of Denning, Hardenburgh, and Olive. '' By the final years of the 19th Century, Shandaken had developed the tourist industry which is still the most important part of its economy.

The population of Shandaken in 1900 was 4,053.

An alternate translation of the native word "shandaken" is the "place of the hemlocks."


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 119.8 square miles (310.4 km²), of which, 119.8 square miles (310.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.02% water.

The town is inside the Catskill Park, and it is entirely mountainous. Within it lies Slide Mountain, the Catskill Mountains' highest peak.

The north town line is the border of Greene County, and the west town line is the border of Delaware County.

The Esopus Creek flows across the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,235 people, 1,463 households, and 829 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.0 people per square mile (10.4/km²). There were 2,666 housing units at an average density of 22.3/sq mi (8.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.65% White, 1.21% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.06% of the population.

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