Lewis, Essex County, New York

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Lewis is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 1,200 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Morgan Lewis, the governor of New York at the time the town was established.

The Town of Lewis is in the northeast quarter of the county. It is 21 miles (39 km) southwest of Burlington, VT, 29 miles (46 km) south of Plattsburgh, 85 miles (138 km) south of Montreal, Quebec, and 113 miles (181 km) north of Albany, NY.[1]

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History

Settlement began before 1798 near Lewis village.

The Town of Lewis was established in 1805 from a section of the Town of Willsboro. Part of Lewis was taken in 1844 and 1854 to increase the size of the Town of Elizabethtown.

Iron mining was an important early industry. Both Stowersville and Deerhead were communities based on the iron industry.

Notable residents

  • Joseph Call (born 31 March 1781 near Woodstock, VT; died 20 September 1835 in Westport, NY)[2], the "Lewis Giant," was a strongman and wrestler of widespread fame, as well as a Postmaster, millwright, Logger, Town Assessor, Auditor, JP, War Veteran and Teamster.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 85.0 square miles (220.1 km²), of which, 84.8 square miles (219.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.24%) is water.

Lewis is inside the Adirondack Park.

The Northway, Interstate 87, is a major multilane highway. US Route 9 is a north-south highway.

Demographics

At the 2000 census[3], there were 1,200 people, 475 households and 341 families residing in the town. The population density was 14.2 per square mile (5.5/km²). There were 620 housing units at an average density of 7.3/sq mi (2.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.25% White, 0.17% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.08% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.08% of the population.

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