Wilton, New York

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Wilton is a town in Saratoga County, New York, United States. The population was 12,511 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Wilton is in the northeastern part of the county, northeast of Saratoga Springs, which it borders.

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History

The region, once called "Palmertown," was first settled around 1764. The Town of Wilton was created in 1818 from the Town of Northumberland.

The Grant Cottage State Historic Site is located in Wilton, in an area known as Mount McGregor, which is the highest peak of the Palmertown Range, mostly north of Wilton. This site is the place where Ulysses S. Grant died in 1885 of cancer while completing his memoirs.[3]

A narrow-gauge railway built in 1882, the Saratoga, Mount McGregor and Lake George Railroad, ran through Wilton.

Notable people

  • Henry D. Barron, Wisconsin jurist and legislator
  • Dottie Pepper, Women's Professional Golfer

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 93.2 km² (36.0 sq mi). 92.9 km² (35.9 sq mi) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 sq mi) of it (0.25%) is water.

US Route 9 and the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) are parallel north-south highways. New York State Route 50 is a north-south highway in the eastern part of Wilton.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,511 people, 4,550 households, and 3,494 families residing in the town. The population density was 134.6/km² (348.7/sq mi). There were 4,785 housing units at an average density of 51.5/km² (133.4/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 97.05% White, 0.96% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

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