Bleecker, New York
|Bleecker, New York|
Signage along County Route 125 entering the town of Bleecker and Fulton County.
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||David Howard (R)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||59.5 sq mi (154.0 km2)|
|• Land||57.2 sq mi (148.2 km2)|
|• Water||2.3 sq mi (5.8 km2)|
|Elevation||1,417 ft (432 m)|
|• Density||9.0/sq mi (3.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0978737|
The first permanent settlements began around 1800 at Lindsleys Corners, although land sales took place before then.
The town was established in 1831 from part of the Town of Johnstown, but did not arrive at its current dimensions until 1842. Part of Bleecker was returned to Johnstown in 1841 and another part was added to the Town of Caroga in 1842.
Lumbering and tanning were important early industries. Around 1860 the maximum population, about 1,060, was attained; since then it has decreased.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.5 square miles (154 km2), of which, 57.2 square miles (148 km2) of it is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of it (3.78%) is water.
New York State Route 29A is a north-south highway through the southwest corner of Bleecker.
As of the census of 2000, there were 573 people, 232 households, and 173 families residing in the town. The population density was 10.0 people per square mile (3.9/km²). There were 429 housing units at an average density of 7.5 per square mile (2.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.08% White, 0.17% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.
There were 232 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.80.
In the town the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 32.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $40,000, and the median income for a family was $43,333. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $22,212 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,851. About 3.8% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Bleecker
- Bleecker – The hamlet of Bleecker in the southeast part of the town on County Road 112.
- Bleecker Center – A hamlet northwest of Bleecker village on County Road 112.
- Bowlers Corners – A location south of Lindsley Corners, located on County Road 145.
- Chase Lake – A lake in the northeast part of the town, named after an early settler, William Chase, who built the first grist mill.
- Lindsley Corners – A hamlet northeast of Bleecker village, located on County Road 125. The first house in Bleecker was purportedly constructed here.
- Mountain Lake – A small lake near the south town line.
- Peck Lake – A large lake in the southwest part of the town.
- Peters Corners – A hamlet north of Bleecker village, located on County Road 125.
- Pinnacle – A location east of Lindsley Corners and also the name of a mountain in the northwest part of the town.
- Stony Creek – A stream flowing out the east side of Bleecker.
- Vandenburgh Pond – A small lake east of Bleecker village.
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