Springport, New York

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Springport is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 2,256 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the local springs and lakeports.

The Town of Springport is on the east border of the county and is southwest of Auburn, New York.

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History

The town lies in the former territory of the Cayuga tribe. A mission to the tribe by the Jesuits was established in 1688. The Sullivan Expedition destroyed the Cayuga villages in 1779.

The town was excluded from the Central New York Military Tract and set apart as a reservation for the Cayugas who returned after the American Revolution. In 1789, they gave up this land to New York, thus opening it to settlers. The first settlers were occasionally asked to leave due to disputes with the tribal members, but eventually the population of outsiders grew. By 1799, most of the Cayuga, including a few Tuscarora. had sold out and departed the area.

The Town of Springport was formed in 1823 from parts of the Towns of Scipio and Aurelius. The presence of mineral springs and gypsum proved important in the early economy of Springport.

The Village of Union Springs set itself apart by incorporation in 1848.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.8 square miles (69.4 km²), of which, 21.5 square miles (55.8 km²) of it is land and 5.3 square miles (13.7 km²) of it (19.69%) is water.

Cayuga Lake defines the west town line, the border of Seneca County, New York. Great Gully Creek flows into the lake south of Farleys, forming the south town line.

New York State Route 90 runs north-south along the Cayuga Lake and intersects New York State Route 326 north of Union Springs.

One of the few Finger Lakes islands, Frontenac Island, is located near Union Springs.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,256 people, 865 households, and 629 families residing in the town. The population density was 104.8 people per square mile (40.5/km²). There were 1,157 housing units at an average density of 53.7/sq mi (20.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.87% White, 0.75% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

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