Spring Valley, New York

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Spring Valley, incorporated on July 9, 1902 is a village spanning the Town of Ramapo and Town of Clarkstown in Rockland County, New York, United States located north of Nanuet; east of Airmont and Monsey; south of Hillcrest and west of West Nyack. The population was 25,464 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Spring Valley is on the border of two towns and spans the east town line of the Town of Ramapo, which is the west town line of the town of Clarkstown. The village is next to the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) and is served by a New Jersey Transit train station at the terminus of the Pascack Valley Line.

Spring Valley is 22 miles north of Manhattan, and five miles north of the New Jersey border.

Spring Valley is considered to be one of the more urban communities in Rockland County.

Home to Rockland Community College - Spring Valley Extension

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History

For over 50 years, Spring Valley was the site of a military parts distributor, Sarafan Auto Supply, which supplied military parts all around the world. This third-generation business became part of the community; as business expanded, it grew to take up a large portion of the industrial section of the downtown area. Recently the business moved out of Spring Valley, but the lot which it occupied still has many of the original buildings built by Jacob Sarafan in the early 1900s.

Efforts are currently underway to revitalize the downtown sector and surrounding areas.

In 1842, New York and Erie Railroad called this part of the territory Pascack, after a stream by the same name. The residence of the area decided to call the place Spring Valley - "one cerain large spring in the Valley Pond being responsible for the name. Prior to naming territory Spring Valley, it was called Scotland, named after their homeland, by Scotsmen who had settled in the area.

In 1914, Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States came to Spring Valley to discuss the political issues of the day, speaking at Lyceum.

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