Springfield, New York

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Springfield is a town in Otsego County, New York, USA. The population was 1,350 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Springfield is located at the northern county line of Otsego County and is approximately 50 mi (80 km) west of Schenectady.

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History

Several families settled near Otsego Lake around 1762, but little further development occurred until after the American Revolution. In 1778, Joseph Brant, native leader, led an expedition that burned the town and took captives.

The Town of Springfield was formed from part of the Town of Cherry Valley in 1797. Growing hops was a major agricultural pursuit.

Notable residents

  • Elisha Hall, inventor of a type of threshing machine.
  • George Hyde Clarke, grandson to the Acting Governor of New York from 1736-1743 (under British rule) [1]
  • Arthur L. Ryerson, steel industrialist, who died on the Titantic maintained a summer home for his family in Springfield Center known as Ringwood
  • Henry Lansing Wardwell, New York City financier, maintained a summer estate and farm in Springfield Center known as Pinehurst. Still owned by descendents today.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.5 square miles (117.7 km²), of which, 43.0 square miles (111.3 km²) of it is land and 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²) of it (5.46%) is water.

The town encloses the northern end of Otsego Lake. Hayden Creek flows southward from Summit Lake into the northern end of the Otsego Lake. Because Summit Lake is located on a divide, part of its flow exits from the northern end of the lake through Cedar Swamp. The "Chyle," is the name of a sinkhole at the north end of Summit Lake. Shadow Brook enters Otsego Lake at Hyde Bay.

New York State Route 80, a north-south highway, intersects US Route 20, an east-west highway, north of Springfield Center.

The north town line is the county line of Herkimer County and a small section of Montgomery County.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,350 people, 521 households, and 375 families residing in the town. The population density was 31.4 people per square mile (12.1/km²). There were 712 housing units at an average density of 16.6/sq mi (6.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.59% White, 0.15% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

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