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—  City  —
Main Street, 1914 postcard
Nickname(s): The Pearl City
Coordinates: 42°5′44″N 79°14′19″W / 42.09556°N 79.23861°W / 42.09556; -79.23861Coordinates: 42°5′44″N 79°14′19″W / 42.09556°N 79.23861°W / 42.09556; -79.23861
Country United States
State New York
County Chautauqua
Founded 1810
Incorporated (village) 1827
Incorporated (city) April 19, 1886
 - Mayor Samuel Teresi (Democratic)
 - Total 9.1 sq mi (23.5 km2)
 - Land 9.0 sq mi (22.94 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.217 km2)
Elevation 1,722 ft (525 m)
Population (Census 2000)[1]
 - Total 31,730
 Density 3,534.6/sq mi (1,364.3/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 14701, 14702
Area code(s) 716
Twin Cities
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 - Cantu Italy Italy
FIPS code 36-38264
GNIS feature ID 0953925

Jamestown is a city in Chautauqua County, New York in the United States. The population was 31,730 at the 2000 census.[1]

The City of Jamestown is adjacent to Town of Ellicott and is at the southern tip of Chautauqua Lake. The town of Chautauqua, home of the Chautauqua Institution, is 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Jamestown.

The city has been a center for the manufacture of wood products such as furniture as well as a major producer of mattresses. The town was once called the "Furniture Capital of the World." Although many of these industries have migrated away from the area in recent times, Jamestown still retains a few large manufacturing plants for various multinational corporations. The city has a large concentration of citizens of Swedish and Italian ancestry.

Jamestown is noted as the birthplace of actress and comedienne Lucille Ball, as well as the fictitious childhood hometown of Lucy Ricardo, her character on the popular U.S. television sitcom I Love Lucy (CBS, 1951–1960).



Jamestown, New York, is named after James Prendergast, an early Chautauqua County settler. His family had purchased 3,500 acres (14 km2) in 1806, in the area now known as Chautauqua County. James Prendergast explored the area that is now Jamestown. Prendergast saw the area to be valuable, and so he purchased 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land in the area in 1808. In the fall of 1809, Prendergast and an employee, John Blowers built a log cabin 1810, which became the first building in Jamestown. Another log cabin as well as mills and a dam were built later on.[2]

In 1855, Nightwatch was created for the purpose of looking out for fires.[3]

Jamestown was incorporated into a village in 1827 and incorporated into a city on April 19, 1886.[4] Oscar F. Price was elected as the first mayor of the city on April 13, 1886.[2] James Murray was appointed to be the first Chief of Police and would lead a force of six police officers.[3]

In 1887, Jamestown Electric Light and Power Company, Art Metal, and WCA Hospital were established. In 1888, Jamestown Woolen Spinning Co. established; cornerstone of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church laid. In 1889, the American Aristotype Co. was established.[4] The first electric trolley car in Jamestown made its appearance in 1890.[4] In 1891, a fire destroyed the Old Homestead Hotel at Third and Pine Streets and four people died. James Prendergast Library and the Municipal Light Plant were established the same year.[4]

Prendergast Library, postcard circa 1901–1907

In 1892, Chautauqua Worsted mills was formed. In 1893, Jamestown Veneer Works was started by Nathan Wilson and Jamestown's first ice cream company started making Collins Ice Cream. In 1895, the cornerstone of City Hall was laid and the City Council decided to lay no more wooden sidewalks. Eleazer Green is elected mayor the same year. In 1896, Empire Worsted Mills was formed. In 1898, Chautauqua Towel Mills was opened. In 1899, Henry H. Cooper was elected mayor. In 1900, Tinkham Brothers established their business, the Furniture Index was published, and the Hall Textile Corporation was formed. In 1903, Jamestown purchased a water system and the J. P. Danielson Tool Co. was organized. In 1906, James L. Weeks was elected mayor. In 1907, the Crescent Tool Company was started by Karl Peterson and Charles F. Falldine. In 1908, Samuel A. Carlson was elected mayor. Music Study Club and Jamestown Symphony Orchestra began the same year.[4]

In 1910, the excavation began for construction of Jamestown General Hospital, which still stands in the present day. In 1911, the Norden Club was started. On August 6, actress Lucille Ball was born in Celeron. The first plane to ever fly over Jamestown occurred on September 28, 1911. The Norden Clubhouse was completed in 1914.[4] On April 8, 1917, Company E left for guard duty.[4] The Emerson Glass Company started the same year.[4] In 1918, Jamestown Corp. formed to make airplane propellers. A steam ship, the City of Pittsburgh sank at Boatlanding, also in 1918. On July 7, 1918, the death of Ira Lou Spring marked the first Jamestown man to die in France during World War I. In 1921, the Zonta Club was organized.[4] In 1925, the Hotel Samuels was sold.[4] In that same year, the Scottish Rite Temple was formally opened and taxpayers voted a $350,000 bond issue for the Third Street Bridge.[4] The following year, Third Street Bridge was completed and it still stands today.[4] In 1927, Jamestown celebrated the centennial of its incorporation as a village.[4] Lars Larson was elected mayor the same year.[4] Ine 1930, Samuel A. Carlson served as mayor once again.[4] In 1931, a fire destroyed the old Martyn Factory. Also, the city purchases Niagara, Lockport and Ontario Power Company.[4]

Erie Railroad Station, 1909 postcard
East Second Street c. 1910

In 1932, the ground was broken for the new armory, the Erie Railroad station was dedicated, and the Community Chest was permanently formed.[4] In 1933, Elk Furniture Company was sold.[4] Also, Milton Carlson and Frederick Larson took over Jamestown Airport.[4] The board of education assumed title to school forest.[4] Also in 1933, city councilman Leon F. Roberts was elected mayor.[4] In 1934, Jamestown Airport Corp. offered an airport to the city and the city secured the old armory as a relief center.[4] As part of the New Deal program, the ground was broken for a new high school, which provided jobs during the Great Depression.[4] In 1935, the Board of Education opened the new industrial arts building and City Council approved $314,000 airport for North Main Street site.[4] In November, Jamestown High School was formally dedicated.[4] In 1937, the Temple Hesed Abraham was dedicated and the Alfred Collegiate Extension Center opened with 80 students.[4] In 1938, Harry C. Erickson became mayor and Jamestown General Hospital's maternity annex opened. In 1939, twelve local plans surveyed by the government to produce supplies in wartime. Also, the city's new airport formally dedicated.[4]

In 1940, the PONY league baseball began and Co. E was inducted into federal service.[4] In 1941, Jamestown Municipal Stadium was dedicated and Samuel A. Stroth was elected mayor.[4] In 1942, East Second Street widening was ordered and flames destroyed the old state armory.[4] In 1945, Jamestown was hit by a tornado.[4] In 1946, Dr. Carlyle C. Ring was named superintendent of schools.[4] C.C. Ring Elementary School presently stands, in his honor. In 1950, Jamestown Community College was opened.[4]

In 1951, Stanley A. Weeks was elected mayor and the addition to the municipal power plant was opened.[4] In 1954, Samuel A. Stroth was elected mayor and Allegheny Airlines began east-west flight via Jamestown.[4] In 1955, Carl F. Sanford was elected mayor. In 1956, Lucy and Desi Arnaz visited Jamestown.[4] In 1957, a $400,000 runway improvement to Jamestown Municipal Airport was added.[4] In 1958, a new sewage disposal plant was opened, Buffalo Street pumping station was modernized, and a new wing opened at Jamestown General Hospital.[4] In 1959, Jamestown's new post office was started.[4] In 1960, Jamestown celebrated the sesquicentennial of first house erected here.[4] That same year, Mohawk Airlines started to serve Jamestown.[4]

In 1961, Jamestown Community College moved into new Falconer Street campus and William D. Whitehead was elected mayor.[4] In 1963, the City's first parking ramp opened at Main and Second Streets and Frederick H. Dunn elected mayor.[4] Additionally, Grandin Mills on Allen Street was destroyed by fire and singer Natalie Merchant was born in Jamestown.[4] In 1964, the Washington Street Bridge was completed, which stil stands to this day.[4] In 1967, an addition to Jamestown High School was completed.[4] Also, Jamestown Community College opened a new Science and Engineering Building. In that same year, Charles B. Magnuson was elected mayor.[4] In 1968, an addition to the James Prendergast Free Library was completed.[4] In 1969, the Cherry Street parking ramp was opened, Rail service to Jamestown discontinued by Erie-Lackawanna Railway, Stanley N. Lundine was elected mayor, and the New Gustavus Adolphus Children's Home opened.[4] In 1970, the Final approval was granted for the Brooklyn Square Urban Renewal Project.[4] Throughout the 1970s, homes in Brooklyn Square were relocated as well as many stores and shops. In 1981, Burt Reynolds visited Jamestown while filming in Buffalo. A second Urban Renewal Project was proposed in 2006, and the project began in 2007.

Jamestown has hosted thirteen Babe Ruth World Series since 1980, and hosted the 13-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series in 2008. The James Prendergast Library has regularly ranked in the top ten in the nation among those that service populations of 25,000-49,999, according to HAPLR, with a peak ranking of fourth in 2004.



As of the census of 2000, there were 31,730 people, 13,558 households, and 7,904 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,364.3/km² (3,534.6/sq mi). There were 15,027 housing units at an average density of 646.1/km² (1,673.9/sq mi). The racial makeup of the city was 91.52% White, 3.39% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.94% of the population. 19.7% were of Italian, 18.1% Swedish, 12.8% German, 9.0% Irish, 8.7% English and 5.5% American ancestry according to Census 2000.[1]

There were 13,558 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.94.[1]

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.[1]

The median income for a household in the city was $25,837, and the median income for a family was $33,675. Males had a median income of $30,003 versus $20,039 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,316. About 15.8% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.1% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.[1]


The government of the City of Jamestown is a mayor-council form of government.[5]


Executive branch

The executive branch consists of the mayor, (who is elected for 4-year terms without term limits), and the heads of the departments, most of them appointed by the mayor.[5]

This section lists the mayors of Jamestown, New York.

# Mayor name Took office[4] Left office[4] Political Party
1 Oscar F. Price April 13, 1886 May 7, 1894[2]
2 Eleazer Green May 7, 1894 April 11, 1898[2]
3 Henry H. Cooper April 11, 1898 1900[2]
4 J. Emil Johnson 1900[2] 1906
5 James L. Weeks 1906 1908
6 Samuel A. Carlson 1908 1928 Republican
7 Lars Larson 1928 1930
8 Samuel A. Carlson 1930 1934 Republican
9 Leon F. Roberts 1934 1938
10 Harry C. Erickson 1938 1941
11 Samuel A. Stroth 1941 1951
12 Stanley A. Weeks 1951 1954
13 Samuel A. Stroth 1954 1955
14 Carl F. Sanford 1955 1961
15 William D. Whitehead 1961 1963
16 Frederick H. Dunn 1963 1967
17 Charles B. Magnuson 1967 1969
18 Stanley Nelson Lundine 1969 1976 Democratic
19 Steven B. Carlson 1976[6][7] 1990
20 Donald W. Ahlstrom 1990 1992
21 Carolyn Gifford Seymour 1992 1994[8]
22 Richard Kimball 1994 2000 Republican
23 Samuel Teresi 2000[9] Democratic Incumbent

Legislative branch

The legislative body of Jamestown consists of nine council members, who are elected every two years without any term limits. Six council members represent each of the city's 6 wards, and 3 additional council members are known as councilmembers-at-large, representing the entire city.[5] The table below outlines the current members of the Jamestown City Council.[10]

Name/Party Elected Notes
Gregory P. Rabb (D) At-Large, Council President
Kimberly A. Ecklund (R) At-Large
George S. Spitale (D) At-Large
Stephen Szwejbka (D) Ward I
Anthony Dolce (R) Ward II
Michael A. Taylor (D) Ward III
Vince DeJoy (D) Ward VI
Maria B. Jones (D) Ward V
Paul D. Whitford (D) Ward VI



The Fenton History Center[11] is named after former resident Reuben Fenton, the twenty-fifth governor of New York. The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center is dedicated to the city's best-known daughter, Lucille Ball. The Robert H. Jackson Center[12] exists to preserve the life and legacy of Robert H. Jackson. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History[13] continues the legacy of Roger Tory Peterson by promoting the teaching and study of nature, and to thereby create knowledge of and appreciation and responsibility for the natural world.


This is the home city for the Jamestown Jammers baseball team of the New York - Penn League. The Jammers are the Single A Short Season affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

Jamestown was also home to the now-defunct Jamestown Vikings of the short-lived Mid-Atlantic Hockey League between 2007 and 2008. Currently, the city houses the headquarters of the Northern Junior Hockey League, which includes a local team, the Jamestown Jets. The Jets, like several other NJHL members, split off from the United Junior Hockey League during the 2009 offseason.

Jamestown High School's boys and girls basketball teams have both won numerous Sectional and Division titles. The High School Football team has been to four New York State Championships, losing in 1993, and winning in 1994, 1995, and 2000

Jamestown hosted its 14th Babe Ruth World Series in August 2008.[14]

Major employers

The Jamestown area has a few large manufacturing plants that are major employers in this region. These include Bush Industries (makers of ready-to-assemble furniture), Cummins Inc. (manufacturer of diesel engines; the heavy duty engine plant is located in the Town of Busti, just west of Jamestown, but still called the Jamestown Engine Plant or JEP), SKF Bearings, TitanX and Truck-Lite (makers of truck lighting systems). Jamestown is the home of hot dog franchise "Johnny's Lunch", founded in 1936.


Jamestown has one campus of Jamestown Community College which provides a two-year education. Jamestown Business College now provides a four-year degree in many majors.

Jamestown also houses a high school, Jamestown High School; three middle schools, Persell Middle School, George Washington Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School; as well as six elementary schools, C.C. Ring School, CV Bush School, Fletcher School, Abraham Lincoln School, Love School, and Rogers School.

The Red Raider Marching Band from Jamestown High School, led by Drum Majors Brynne Deppas and Tyler Fairbanks, is one of the most traveled high school marching bands in the country, having been as far as Hawaii, and appearing on such shows as The Late Show with David Letterman. The Marching Band won the NY State Field Band Conference Championship in 1991, and has consistently placed in the top 10 at Bands of America competitions. They also played at the pregame show at the 2004 FedEx Orange Bowl. In December 2007 they traveled to Florida again, to play at the Citrus Bowl. They will be traveling to New York City for the St. Patricks Day Parade this March. The other premiere music ensemble at JHS is the A Cappella Choir. An auditioned ensemble featuring students from grades 10-12, the A Cappella choir has had only 4 directors in their 85 year history, starting with Ebba H. Goranson in 1924, continuing with Donald B. Bube and Brian A. Bogey, all the way to the choir's current director Benjamin P. Bracey. The A Cappella has traveled and sung internationally at: Saint Michael's Cathedral in Toronto, Canada; Saint Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria; the Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria that W.A. Mozart served as parish musician; Saint Paul's, Westminster, and Salisbury Cathedrals in England; and the Saint Anne de Beaupre and Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec City, Canada. In the United States the choir has traveled to Washington, D.C.; Boston Massachusetts; New York City; Walt Disney World, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois.



The Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport (JHW) is north of the city and provides scheduled and charter air service.


Bus service is provided by Coach USA of Erie. Connections are available. to the Greyhound service in Buffalo. There is also a county wide bus service (CARTS) and taxi service through various companies.


Present day Jamestown is on the mainline of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad which provides freight service. Amtrak provides a daily Thruway Motorcoach service between its Buffalo-Exchange Street Station and Jamestown. Historically, the railroads in the Jamestown area, until the 1960s/1970s, included the Erie Railroad's main line passing through Jamestown (New York to Chicago), the Pennsylvania Railroad's Chatauqua Branch (Oil City to Brocton-Buffalo) at Mayfield, and the Nickle Plate (Buffalo-St. Louis) and the New York Central (New York–Chicago) at Westfield on the Lake Erie shore. Since that time, these railroads were absorbed into CONRAIL and then into present day Norfolk Southern and CSX. The Erie's former Jamestown station still exists to this day. An electric interurban railroad, Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern, connected all three above towns (Jamestown-Mayfield-Westfield) and ran along the north side of Lake Chatauqua. The interurban JW&NW quit passenger operation in 1947, continued with freight, then quit entirely in 1950. Its rails and right of way have slowly disappeared. (ref: p72, Classic Trains magazine, Fall 2004 issue, J D Ingles, photos/text/map.)


From 1914 until 1947, the Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern (JW&NW) interurban railroad (the "Chautauqua Lake Route") provided frequent passenger and freight trolley service from Jamestown to the Lake Erie town of Westfield. From Jamestown the route was eastward along the north edge of Lake Chautauqua with major stops at Greenhurst, Bemus Point, Dewittville, and Mayville. From Mayfield, after crossing the Pennsylvania Railroad Chataqua Branch to Brocton "interlocking," the single track climbed steep hills and passed through scenic "Hogsback Ravine" at the grade's summit. (ref:wnyrails.org/railroads external link) It then followed a curving route and drop to Westfield. In Westfield the line crossed under the Nickel Plate Railroad to reach its depot which was the west end of the New York Central Railroad station on the very active NYC main line New York to Chicago. A JW&NW schedule from 1941 shows six daily trips 6am to 9pm, each way, three hours apart to meet NYC passenger trains that stopped at Westfield. The Jamestown to Westfield trip took one hour. The JW&NW and the NYC interchanged considerable freight traffic as well as exchanged passengers. The JW&NW operated bright red heavy steel passenger interurban cars (including one with an observation platform) and interurban freight-express cars capable of pulling two or three freight cars to provide freight delivery between the two towns. The New York Central would set out cars on the interchange tracks to be taken to Jamestown and the JW&NW would set out cars for the NYC to pick up. At Mayfield, the JW&NW crossed a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad where there were interchange tracks for PRR lumber and coal setouts for Jamestown. The JW&NW tower and dispatcher were at this junction. PRR and JW&NW control and signaling to prevent collisions (called interlocking) was the responsibility of the JW&NW tower at this interchange. Dispatching orders for the conductors of the interurban cars was by written order, and the interurbans stopped here to pick them up. Passenger and freight business for the line was at its greatest in the 1920s. Furniture was manufactured in Jamestown, and the JW&NW hauled it to Westfield for the NYC. In a 1941 ad, the line offered 2 day LCL (less than full carload) shipping to New York City from Jamestown, and three days to Chicago. The grade out of Westfield into the hills to reach the Jamestown valley was quite scenic above and through what was called Hogsback Ravine (ref: map in www.wnyrails/railroads/jw&nw) but was steep, and the interurbans worked hard making the climb, particularly the electric powered freights. The thirty two mile JW&NW represented classic small town to rural electric interurban operation similar to interurbans all over the 1920s United States. The sight of the large red steel interurbans lumbering by at grade crossings was a familiar one for locals. Most interurban lines were abandoned during the 1930s due to increased car ownership and improving highways plus the dramatic financial impact of the Great Depression. The JW&NW's survival to 1947 was unusual and was due to the amount of freight that it hauled to the New York Central for the many Jamestown factories. After passenger abandonment in 1947,[15] the JW&NW continued freight operation with diesels, but gradually freight business declined along with Jamestown's industrial activity. Shipping business also was lost to trucks. Total abandonment occurred in 1950.

Proposed power plant

Jamestown is the site of a proposed coal-burning power plant, for which Praxair, Inc. is seeking a subsidy from the United States Department of Energy.[16] The plant, which would have an estimated cost of over $500 million, has been criticized by environmentalists and area residents. A study by an environmental consulting firm concluded that the cost of electricity from the proposed plant would be substantially higher than that of existing power sources, and higher than the cost of energy efficiency and wind alternatives.[17] Proponents of the new power plant, including local radio talk show host John Siggins, believe that building the plant will keep Jamestown's history of cheap electricity going.[citation needed]

Notable natives and residents

Statue of Justice Robert H. Jackson

Radio stations


21. Classic Trains magazine, Fall 2004 issue, p72, J D Ingles, Kalmbach Publishing, Wisconsin. photos/text/map.)

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  3. ^ a b "Police Department History". City of Jamestown Website. http://www.jamestownny.net/index.php/office-of-public-safety/police-department/history. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az "Chronology Of City's History". The Post-Journal. 28. pp. CT-15. http://www.prendergastlibrary.org/jamestown/jtntimeline.html. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  5. ^ a b c Jamestown City Charter
  6. ^ [http://www.prendergastlibrary.org/Extra!Extra!/Steven%20B.% 20Carlson/76-3-15.pdf Carlson To Be Sworn In As Mayor of Jamestown]
  7. ^ Carlson Blasts Ahlstrom
  8. ^ Nineteen Candidates Emerge for Library District Board
  9. ^ "About the Mayor". City of Jamestown Website. http://www.jamestownny.net/mayor_about.php. 
  10. ^ "City Council Members". City of Jamestown Website. http://www.jamestownny.net/index.php/city-council/members. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  11. ^ Fenton History Center
  12. ^ Robert H. Jackson Center
  13. ^ Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
  14. ^ World Series Central
  15. ^ Middleton, p100. Photograph of Jamestown Westfield and Northwestern RR: interurban combine #303 and steeple cab freight locomotive in snow at Westfield depot/New York Central depot on the last day of JW&NW operation, March 1947. Photo caption says The longest lived New York State interurban.
  16. ^ "Praxair to Seek DOE Funding for Oxy-Coal Project". Press release. Praxair. August 21, 2008. http://www.praxair.com/praxair.nsf/AllContent/D213CBF327494D37852574AC005C36EA?OpenDocument. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  17. ^ Sommer, Mark; Robinson, David (September 18, 2009), "Study is critical of Jamestown ‘clean coal’ plant plans", The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com/412/story/799361.html#, retrieved 2009-10-06 
  18. ^ "Frequently Asked Lucy-Desi Questions". The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, Inc.. http://www.lucy-desi.com/info/faq.html. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  19. ^ http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/wait-walberg.html


  • Middleton, Wm. D., The Interurban Era, 432pp, Kalmbach Publishing, Milwaukee. 1961, reissue 2000. (ISBN 0-89024-003-5)
  • Middleton, Wm. D., The Time of the Trolley, Kalmbach Publishing, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Ahlstrom, Harold, Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake Trolleys, Fenton Historical Society, Jamestown, NY. 1974. Softcover, 39 pages.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

JAMESTOWN, a city of Chautauqua county, New York, U.S.A., at the S. outlet of Chautauqua Lake, 68 m. S. by W. of Buffalo. Pop. (1900), 22,892, of whom 7270 were foreign-born, mostly Swedish; (1910 census) 31,297. It is served by the Erie and the Jamestown, Chautauqua & Lake Erie railways, by electric lines extending along Lake Chautauqua to Lake Erie on the N. and to Warren, Pennsylvania, on the S., and by summer steamboat lines cn Lake Chautauqua. Jamestown is situated among the hills of Chautauqua county, and is a popular summer resort. There is a free public library. A supply of natural gas (from Pennsylvania) and a fine water-power combine to render Jamestown a manufacturing centre of considerable importance. In 1905 the value of its factory products was $ 10 ,349,752, an increase of 33.9% since 1900. The city owns and operates its electric-lighting plant and its water-supply system, the water, of exceptional purity, being obtained from artesian wells 4 m. distant. Jamestown was settled in 1810, was incorporated in 1827, and was chartered as a city in 1886. The city was named in honour of James Prendergast, an early settler.

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