Keeseville, New York

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Keeseville, New York
Village
Richard Keese II house (1823)
Richard Keese II house (1823)
Keeseville is located in New York
Keeseville
Keeseville
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 44°30′N 73°29′W / 44.500°N 73.483°W / 44.500; -73.483Coordinates: 44°30′N 73°29′W / 44.500°N 73.483°W / 44.500; -73.483
Country United States
State New York
Counties Clinton, Essex
Towns Au Sable, Chesterfield
Area
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 417 ft (127 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,815
 • Density 1,547/sq mi (597.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 12911, 12924, 12944
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-39089
GNIS feature ID 0970258

Keeseville is a village in Clinton and Essex counties, New York, in the United States. The population was 1,815 at the 2010 census.[1] The village is named after the Keese family. Keeseville is in the towns of Au Sable and Chesterfield and is south of Plattsburgh. It is also inside the Adirondack Park. On January 23, 2013, the town's selectboard voted to dissolve the village.[2]

History[edit]

The village was originally called "Anderson Falls", but the name was changed circa 1812 to "Keeseville", after a local manufacturer and businessman. The early village was an industrial area devoted, in part, to lumber, iron processing and milling.

In January 2013, voters decided in a referendum by a vote of 268-176 to dissolve the village and revert to the two bordering towns in which it is located.[3] Although the specific dissolution plan was approved unanimously by the Village Board, petitioners successfully qualified it for a further referendum. That vote must be held between 60 and 90 days after the petition was certified August 6, 2013. If approved, the plan will be effective December 2014.[4]

Geography[edit]

Keeseville is located at 44°30′13″N 73°28′52″W / 44.50361°N 73.48111°W / 44.50361; -73.48111 (44.503688, -73.481087),[5] south of Plattsburgh, just west of Lake Champlain, within the Adirondack Park. The Ausable River, forming the boundary between Clinton and Essex counties, flows through the village. The north half of the village is within the town of Au Sable in Clinton County, while the southern half is in the town of Chesterfield in Essex County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), of which 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 4.47%, is water.

Keeseville is at the junction of US Route 9, New York State Route 22 and New York State Route 9N, as well as Essex County Roads 15, 16, and 17. Interstate 87, the Northway, passes west of the village, with access from Exit 34 (NY 9N).

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,850 people, 706 households, and 477 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,584.4 people per square mile (610.5/km²). There were 816 housing units at an average density of 698.8 per square mile (269.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.54% White, 0.92% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

There were 706 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,813, and the median income for a family was $36,181. Males had a median income of $28,229 versus $21,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,939. About 10.9% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

St. John's Catholic Church

Keeseville is the birthplace of Civil War photographer William Henry Jackson, born April 4, 1843. Jackson achieved national and international fame as a frontier photographer and as an accomplished American painter. He was an explorer and photographer with various geologic surveys of the time. His photographs of the American frontier are famous, the glass negatives of which are housed in museums around the United States. Jackson joined the U.S. Army in 1862 and was present at the Battle of Gettysburg.[7][8]

Architect Isaac G. Perry also lived in Keeseville.

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