Tyre, New York

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Tyre is a town in Seneca County, New York, United States. The population was 899 at the 2000 census. The town is named after the Lebanese city of Tyre.

The Town of Tyre is located in the northeastern part of the county, northeast of Geneva, New York.



The region was in the Central New York Military Tract, reserved for veterans, but a reservation was established at the northern end of Cayuga Lake for natives who returned to the area. A tract at the hamlet of Tyre was granted to Revolutionary War Colonel James Livingston The first outside settler, Ezekiel Crane, arrived about 1794. Other early settlers were Asherr Halsey, Lewis Winans, Asa Smith and Caleb Woodworth. James Magee, a prominent physician for many years, came in 1811.

The town was created from the eastern part of the Town of Junius in 1829.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.1 square miles (85.8 km²) of which 30.1 square miles (78.1 km²) is land and 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²) (8.97%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Wayne County, and the east town line, partly marked by the Seneca River, is the border of Cayuga County.

A large eastern part of the town is in the Montezuma Marsh.

The Erie Canal and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal (Seneca River) pass through Tyre.

New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) crosses the town, passing through the Montezuma Marsh. New York State Route 89 and New York State Route 414 are north-south highways in the town, and New York State Route 318 is an east-west highway. New York State Route 31 crosses the northeast corner of the town.

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