Webb, New York

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Webb is a the northernmost town in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The town is named after William Seward Webb, President of the Raquette Lake Transportation Company, the Fulton Chain Railway Company, Fulton Navigation Company, and the Mohawk and Malone Railway; his railroads were instrumental in opening the Adirondacks to the tourism rush of the mid- to late 19th century. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad traverses the town.

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History

Attempts were made to settle Webb around 1800 and 1811, but both efforts failed. The first permanent settlers arrived around 1837.

In 1836, the "Town of Wilmurt" was formed from parts of the towns of Ohio and Russia. Only the south part of Wilmurt was heavily settled. Webb was formed from the northern part of the (now defunct) town of Wilmurt in 1896. Part of Wilmurt was returned to the town of Ohio.

When Dr. Webb's Mohawk and Malone Railway reached the town in 1892, it precipitated twenty years of prosperity from lumbering and tourism

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 482.9 square miles (1,250.8 km²), of which, 451.0 square miles (1,168.1 km²) of it is land and 31.9 square miles (82.7 km²) of it (6.61%) is water.

Webb has the most land area of any town in New York State, making it New York State's largest town, a title it shares with the town of Hempstead, which is the largest based on population (in contrast, the town of Green Island claims to be the smallest based on area).

Webb is in the Adirondack Park. One end of the Fulton Chain Lakes is located in the town.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,912 people, 845 households, and 534 families residing in the town. The population density was 4.2 people per square mile (1.6/km²). There were 3,833 housing units at an average density of 8.5/sq mi (3.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.68% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

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