Campbell, New York

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Campbell is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 3,691 at the 2000 census. The name is from Robert Campbell, an early landowner.

The Town of Campbell is centrally located in the county and is northwest of Corning.



Campbell was first settled around 1801. The town was formed in 1831 from the Town of Hornby.

Past residents of note

It was the birthplace, in 1874, of IBM founder Thomas J. Watson Sr.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.8 square miles (105.6 km²), of which, 40.8 square miles (105.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.07%) is water.

Interstate 86 (including New York State Route 17), New York State Route 415 and the Conhocton River pass through the town.

Former New York State Route 333, now County Road 333, enters the town from the west.

Campbell is on the Gang Mills (Painted Post) Line of the B&H Rail Corporation. This portion of track was built opened in 1882 as the New York (Hoboken) to Buffalo line of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. In 1963 the route to Buffalo was severed between Wayland and Groveland, N.Y., by order of the U. S. Interstate Commerce Commission in order to promote highway transportation.

Campbell was also served (c. 1853-1963) by the Corning-Rochester line of the Erie Railroad. This line was removed in 1963 by the U. S. Interstate Commerce Commission, also in order to promote highway transportation.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,691 people, 1,418 households, and 1,036 families residing in the town. The population density was 90.6 people per square mile (35.0/km²). There were 1,515 housing units at an average density of 37.2/sq mi (14.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.54% White, 0.43% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

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