Ellenburg, New York

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Ellenburg is a town in Clinton County, New York, United States. The population was 1,812 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Ellen, the daughter of the principal proprietor.

The town of Ellenburg is on the west border of the county and is northwest of Plattsburgh. The south part of the town is in the Adirondack Park.



The town was first settled around 1800.

The town was formed from part of the town of Mooers in 1830. In 1845, part of the town was used to make the town of Clinton.

During the cold war, Ellenburg was home to two of the 12 AtlasICBM silos under the 556th Strategic Missile Squadron based out of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base. These silos were operational from 1962-1965.

In late 2004, a wind farm was proposed by Noble Environmental Power for the northern part of the town. Construction was expected to be completed by early 2007 however due to delays and is now expected to only begin by summer of 2007. Noble has also proposed wind farms in the neighboring towns of Altona and Chateaugay. Construction of the wind farms have caused some controversy within the towns as many residents feel it may subtract from the natural beauty of the area. The wind farm is expected to include 53 windmills and produce a total output of 1.21 gigawatts.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 107.4 square miles (278.2 km²), of which, 106.4 square miles (275.7 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it (0.90%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Franklin County.

US Route 11 passes through the northeast part of the town. New York State Route 190 (Military Turnpike) is an east-west highway, intersecting US-11 at Ellenburg village. New York State Route 374 crosses the southwest corner of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,812 people, 703 households, and 485 families residing in the town. The population density was 17.0 people per square mile (6.6/km²). There were 941 housing units at an average density of 8.8/sq mi (3.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.79% White, 0.06% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

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