Minden, New York

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Minden is a town in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 4,202 at the 2000 census. The town is located at the western edge of the county. It has possessed a post office from 1802 to 1903.[1]



The town was first settled around 1748.

During the American Revolution a small fort was constructed in 1778 at Fort Plain village. In 1780, the village was attacked by Tories and allied natives. They burned and sacked the community, but were not able to overcome the defenders at the fort.

The town was formed in 1798 from the Town of Canajoharie.

In 1985, Minden was found to be home to a cocaine processing lab set up by the Cali cocaine cartel, which was shut down following a state police investigation of an explosion at the lab.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.5 square miles (133.3 km²), of which, 51.0 square miles (132.2 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (0.82%) is water.

The north town line is defined by the Mohawk River. The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) follows the course of the river. The west town line is the border of Herkimer County, New York.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,202 people, 1,685 households, and 1,142 families residing in the town. The population density was 82.3 people per square mile (31.8/km²). There were 1,902 housing units at an average density of 37.3/sq mi (14.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.57% White, 0.10% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 1,685 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.

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