Malta, New York
Malta Corners, US Route 9 and NY Route 67, Gazebo in 2013
Location within Saratoga County
|• Total||31.4 sq mi (81.3 km2)|
|• Land||28.0 sq mi (72.6 km2)|
|• Water||3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)|
|Elevation||325 ft (99 m)|
|• Density||464.2/sq mi (179.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0979186|
"Tradition says a certain Drummond and McKelpin, Loyalists, were very early settlers, but left as the Revolutionary War came closer to the area." The earliest documented settlement occurred around 1771, many of the settlers migrating from Connecticut. Michael Dunning may have been the first; others included John Rhodes, Jeheil Parks, Samuel Clark, Luther Landon, Dean Chase, Ebenezer Valentine, Ebenezer Dibble, Ebenezer Millard, Obadiah Tompkins, Reuben Doolittle, Cornelius Abeel, Stephen Ireland, Robert Hemple, and William Marvin.
The town, originally called Dunning Street, was created in 1802 from part of the Town of Stillwater. More territory was gained from the Town of Saratoga in 1805. The name "Malta" is said to derive from a malt brewery in the area that was formerly called "Malt-ville" and is now Maltaville.:p.382
The village of Round Lake was founded in 1868 as "the Round Lake Camp Meeting of the Methodist Episcopical Church." Attendance the first year was 8000. In 1869 permanent cottages began to be built, replacing the original tents. In 1969, the community of Round Lake became an incorporated village within the town.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81 km2), of which, 28.0 square miles (73 km2) of it is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) of it (10.71%) is water.
Exits 11, 12, and 13 of Interstate 87 ("The Adirondack Northway," or simply "The Northway") and US Route 9 pass through roughly the center of the town. New York State Route 9P is a short highway in the eastern part of the town. New York State Route 67 is a highway, partly conjoined with US-9, in the southern part of Malta.
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,005 people, 5,295 households, and 3,537 families residing in the town. The population density was 464.2 people per square mile (179.2/km²). There were 5,754 housing units at an average density of 205.4 per square mile (79.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.24% White, 1.08% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population.
There were 5,295 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 36.6% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $57,037, and the median income for a family was $68,239. Males had a median income of $41,509 versus $31,126 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,972. About 0.8% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Malta
- Country Knolls – A hamlet at the south town line.
- East Line – A hamlet at the west town line, so-called because it is located a the east line of the Town of Ballston.
- Francis Corners – A hamlet east of Malta Ridge on Route 63.
- Luther Forest
- Malta – The hamlet of Malta is located on Route 9 in the southern part of the town.
- Maltaville – A hamlet north of Round Lake, located on NY-9.
- Malta Ridge – A hamlet on US Route 9 near the center of the town.
- Mannings Cove – A lakeside hamlet on Saratoga Lake.
- Riley Cove (China Town) – A hamlet on the shore of Saratoga Lake south of Manning Cove.
- Round Lake – A lake in the western part of the town was called "Tanendahowa" by the early natives of the area. The lake is linked to a smaller lake, "Little Round Lake."
- Round Lake village – A village on the west side of Round Lake, southwest of Malta village and located on US Route 9.
- Round Lake airport (W57) – A small grass runway airport east of Round Lake.
- Saratoga Lake – A lake by the northeast part of the town.
- Malta Corners – The intersection of US-9 with NY-67/Dunning Street. Formerly also called "Dunning Street Corners."
- State Farm Operations Center
- GlobalFoundries Semiconductor Fabrication "Fab 8"
- Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP) facility of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a "technology park devoted to clean energy, energy efficient, and environmental technologies."
Malta is the center of an excellent road network; most transportation is by private car. The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) operates scheduled buses through downtown Malta between Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs with connections to other lines. Commuter bus service to Albany is provided by the CDTA's "Northway Express" and Upstate Tours between Round Lake and Albany. Air service is provided from Saratoga County Airport (general aviation 5B2), 8 miles (13 km), and Albany International Airport(ALB), 20 miles (32 km). Amtrak provides train service from Saratoga Springs, 9 miles (14 km) or Albany/Rensselaer, 28 miles (45 km).
Most of the Town of Malta is part of the Ballston Spa Central School District. Portions of the towns are served by the Shenendehowa Central School District and Saratoga Springs City School District.
Other educational institutions in Malta include:
- Hudson Valley Community College TEC-SMART facility at NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology and Energy Park, 345 Hermes Road.
- Bryant & Stratton College, Bluth Building, 2452 US Route 9.
- Perhaps the most illustrious native of Malta was Elmer Ellsworth, born in Malta in 1837, who was reputed to be the first casualty of the American Civil War.
- The Cook family, including brothers Ransom, an inventor and Nelson, a portraitist, lived in East Line.
- George Crum, the inventor of the potato chip was a lifelong Malta resident, and operated a restaurant Crum's Place near Saratoga Lake.
Points of interest
- Malta Drive-In theatre, 2785 Route 9, built in 1949, is one of only 450 remaining drive-ins in the US.
- Parade Ground historic district, Dunning Street. The green space along both sides of Dunning Street was donated in 1776 by Captain Michael Dunning and used as a militia training ground during the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War
- Ruhle Road Lenticular Metal Truss Bridge
- "South Hill", 165 Cramer Road, home of novelist Katherine Anne Porter from 1941 to 1946; later home of George Willison.
- Shenantaha Creek Park
- Zim Smith Trail, the only nationally registered trail in New York
- Dunn 1974: 408
- Spafford 1832
- Sylvester, Natheniel Bartlett (1878). History of Saratoga County, New York,. Philadelphia: Everts & Ensign.
- Dunn 1974: 411
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Miller, Michael. "Samsung, Globalfoundries Plan Expanded U.S Factories". PC Magazine.
- "Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP)". Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- Nagy, Jill (December 2013). "Bryant & Stratton College's Malta Campus Focuses on Programs in the Medical Field". Saratoga Business Journal.
- "Malta Drive-In Theatre". Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- "Malta Landmarks". Retrieved Oct 22, 2013.
- Teri Ulrich (March 2007). "Catherine Anne porter, American Novelist: Her home in Malta". Retrieved December 5, 2011.
- Dunn, Violet (1974). Saratoga County Heritage. Ballston Spa, NY: Saratoga County. p. 608.
- Ulrich, Teri (July 2007). "Carol Luther Mackay: The Woman Behind the Men of the Luther Forest". Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- Spafford, Horatio Gates (1832). Gazetteer of the State of New York. Albany, NY: B.D. Packard. p. 600.
- Town of Malta, NY (official site)
- Luther Forest Technology Campus
- Blog written by town residents
- Early history of the town
- Luther Forest Community website