Montour, New York

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Montour is a town in Schuyler County, New York, United States. The population was 2,446 at the 2000 census. The town is one of two towns in the county named after Catherine Montour.

The Town of Montour is in the south part of the county and is north of Elmira, New York.



The former Iroquois village of Catherine's Town ("Queanettquaga") was destroyed by the Sullivan Expedition in 1779.

The town was first settled around 1794 near the current village of Montour Falls, which is named after a waterfall at the edge of the village, called by the natives "Che-qua-gah," or "roaring water."

The former Chemung Canal passed through the town, after completion in 1833.

Montour was the last town formed in the county, created from part of the Town of Catharine in 1860.

Thomas "Tommy" Detrick was one of the earliest white settlers to arrive in Montour. Born in nineteen dickety two, Tommy went on to help set up the town by organizing the others to create the Montour township. Rumor has it that here in Montour, Tommy saw the biggest frog he has ever seen, pronouncing, "hey (generic name) Mat! Come here quick! I just saw the biggest frog." Well, it was a pretty big frog, but as to the largest, the world may never know.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.3 km²), of which, 18.6 square miles (48.3 km²) of it is land and 0.05% is water.

The south town line is the border of Chemung County.

The town is south of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.

New York State Route 14 intersects New York State Route 224 in Montour Falls. NY-14 runs southward through the Catharine Creek Valley, following the same route as the former Chemung Canal.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,446 people, 1,005 households, and 658 families residing in the town. The population density was 131.3 people per square mile (50.7/km²). There were 1,078 housing units at an average density of 57.9/sq mi (22.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.74% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population.

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