Wells, New York

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Wells is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 737 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Joshua Wells, a land agent, who built the first mills in the area.

The Town of Wells is in the Adirondack Park and on the eastern border of the county. It is northwest of Schenectady.



The area was first settled around 1798. The town was formed in 1805 while still part of Fulton County and was set off from parts of the Towns of Mayfield and Northampton of that county. The town was subsequently reduced by the formation of other towns in Hamilton County, to include Hope (1818) and Long Lake (1837). The Town of Gilman was reportedly named for settler John Gilman.[citation needed]

Elias P. Gilman petitioned the state and had surveys of Gilman made in 1838[3].) was taken from Wells in 1841, but the much of that region was returned to Wells when Gilman was dissolved in 1860. Wells has been increased subsequent to its initial formation by parts of Mayfield (1812, 1816), Northampton (1816), and Lake Pleasant (1858).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 178.4 square miles (462.0 km²), of which, 177.2 square miles (459.0 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (0.66%) is water.

The eastern town line is the border with Warren County.

New York State Route 30 is a north-south highway. New York State Route 8, an east-west highway, runs conjointly with NY-30 in the central part of Wells.

Plane crash

A Massachusetts Air National Guard plane crash occurred on September 17, 1986 in Wells. Four planes were involved in the training mission and two of the four crashed into the Adirondack mountains killing one pilot and injuring the other.[citation needed] The crash is said to have been the inspiration for a two-part episode of The X-Files, set in the nearby village of Northville, New York, but no filming took place in either location.[citation needed]

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