Rossie, New York

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Rossie is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 787 at the 2000 census. The town is named after the sister of an early land owner.

The Town of Rossie is located on the southwestern border of the county and is west of Gouverneur.



The first settler arrived around 1807.

The town was formed in 1813 from a section of the Town of Russell.

During the War of 1812, residents constructed a block house in the south part of Rossie.

The iron industry was important to the early town economy, and the Rossie Furnace of 1815 was the first to be built in northern New York. Lead mining was also important. The Rossie Shot Tower is still standing.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.1 square miles (101.2 km²), of which, 38.1 square miles (98.6 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it (2.53%) is water.

The southwest town line is the border of Jefferson County, New York.

The Oswegatchie River, looping back, flows in two directions in the south of Rossie.

US Route 11 crosses the town. Yellow Lake and Grass Lake are partly in the town. A very small southern bay of Black Lake is at the north end of Rossie.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 787 people, 298 households, and 214 families residing in the town. The population density was 20.7 people per square mile (8.0/km²). There were 482 housing units at an average density of 12.7/sq mi (4.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.59% White, 0.89% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 298 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.09.

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