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Newcomb, New York
—  Town  —
Newcomb, New York is located in New York Adirondack Park
Newcomb, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°58′17″N 74°9′39″W / 43.97139°N 74.16083°W / 43.97139; -74.16083
Country United States
State New York
County Essex
 - Total 233.2 sq mi (603.9 km2)
 - Land 226.6 sq mi (586.8 km2)
 - Water 6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
Elevation 1,946 ft (593 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 481
 - Density 2.1/sq mi (0.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 12852, 12879
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-50144
GNIS feature ID 0979261
The Hudson River near Newcomb, a dozen miles south of its source.

Newcomb is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 481 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Newcomb is at the west border of the county and is southwest of Plattsburgh. The town is inside the Adirondack Park; it contains the Lake Harris State Campground. The town is the largest in area in Essex County.



The town lies in an area claimed prehistorically by both Iroquois and Algonquin tribes.

The town was settled around 1816. Most of the early industry was devoted to harvesting lumber until the discovery of large iron ore deposits.

The Town of Newcomb was established in 1828 from parts of the Towns of Minerva and Moriah. It includes the Hamlet of Newcomb, but does not contain a village.

By the end of the 19th Century, the town was becoming famous as a sportsman's paradise.

Theodore Roosevelt was informed of the impending death of President William McKinley in September 1901 while hunting and hiking in the town.


Harris Lake in Newcomb.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 233.2 square miles (603.9 km²), of which, 226.6 square miles (586.8 km²) of it is land and 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²) of it (2.83%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Hamilton County. The western part of the north town line is the county line of Franklin County.

The Hudson River flows southward out of the center of the town.

New York State Route 28N, an east-west road, is a major highway in Newcomb.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 481 people, 211 households, and 140 families residing in the town. The population density was 2.1 people per square mile (0.8/km²). There were 655 housing units at an average density of 2.9/sq mi (1.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.22% White, 0.62% Native American, 0.62% from other races, and 3.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 211 households out of which 19.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,639, and the median income for a family was $41,875. Males had a median income of $35,750 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,043. About 5.8% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Newcomb

  • Camp Santanoni – One of the "Great Camps" of the 19th Century, currently under restoration. Also known as Santanoni Preserve. On Newcomb Lake.
  • Adirondack Park Visitor Information Center (also known as "The VIC") A visitor center that provides environmental education and helps orient visitors to the park.
  • Catlin Lake – A lake partly in the town at the west town line.
  • Gooodnow Flow – An artificial lake southwest of Newcomb hamlet.
  • Harris Lake – A lake northeast of Newcomb hamlet.
  • Henderson Lake – A lake north of Tahawus.
  • Hudson River Gorge – A valley cut by the Hudson River east of Newcomb hamlet.
  • Moose Pond – A lake near the west town line.
  • Newcomb – The hamlet of Newcomb is situated on NY-28N.
  • Newcomb Lake – A lake in the western part of the town.
  • Perch Pond – A lake east of Tahawus Club.
  • Rich Lake – A lake northwest of Newcomb hamlet.
  • Tahawus – A location on County Road 25 in the north part of the town. This was the site of a major mining and iron smelting operation in the 19th Century. It is now a ghost town. Tahawus is also the accepted aboriginal name for Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York, located outside the town.
  • Tahawus Club – A hamlet east of Newcomb.
  • Trout Pond – A lake east of Tahawus Club.
  • Wolf Pond – A lake near the west town line.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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Coordinates: 43°58′10″N 74°09′53″W / 43.96944°N 74.16472°W / 43.96944; -74.16472



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