Newton Falls, New York

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Newton Falls, New York
hamlet
Newton Falls, New York is located in New York Adirondack Park
Newton Falls, New York
Newton Falls, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 44°12′43.2″N 74°59′22.2″W / 44.212000°N 74.989500°W / 44.212000; -74.989500Coordinates: 44°12′43.2″N 74°59′22.2″W / 44.212000°N 74.989500°W / 44.212000; -74.989500
Country United States
State New York
County Saint Lawrence
Area
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,496 ft (456 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 400?
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13666
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 39-55650
GNIS feature ID 976719[1]

Newton Falls is a hamlet of 400 located within Town of Clifton in Saint Lawrence County, New York in the United States. The hamlet is located within the Adirondack Park. The area is known in part for its ZIP code, which is 13666.

The hamlet was named for James Newton, who built a sawmill in 1894 which became the Newton Falls Paper Mill; it closed in 2000.[2] It was reopened in 2007 as Newton Falls Fine Paper through the efforts of former mill workers and town residents.[3][4] The paper mill was again closed as of June 28, 2011.[5]

History[edit]

The hamlet was constructed as a mill town; it includes several Sears houses at the top of Plank Hill on the Newton Falls Road (County route 60) near Summit Avenue. In 1925 there were more than 800 residents.[6] Until 1978 there was a huge iron strip mine, Benson Mines, and crushing plant at the junction of CR 60 and New York State Route 3 that shipped processed ore via rail; at its peak, it employed 1200 workers. The 100+ year old Newton Falls Hotel still stands, but is currently closed to the public.

Paper mill[edit]

The paper mill, which was opened in 1894 by the Newton family and after the closing of the iron mine was the hamlet's largest employer, closed its doors in 2000 when then owners Appleton Coated decided to consolidate the operation closer to their home in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Through heavy community involvement new owners were found in Dennis L. Bunnell and partners and Scotia Investments out of Canada. The mill reopened on September 7, 2007 under the new name of Newton Falls Fine Paper.[7] The paper mill was permanently closed as of June 28, 2011.[8]

Geography[edit]

44° 12' 43.20", -74° 59' 22.20" Newton Falls is located at 44°12′43″N 74°59′22″W / 44.21194°N 74.98944°W / 44.21194; -74.98944 (44.2106178, -74.9890831).[9]

Education[edit]

Newton Falls is served by the Clifton-Fine Central School district.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ New York Times, February 16, 2001, "A Mill Closes, and a Hamlet Fades to Black"
  3. ^ New York Times, June 5, 2008 "Revived Paper Mill Brings a Town Back With It"
  4. ^ NCPR, "Newton Falls Paper Mill Reopens: Economic Victory For St. Lawrence County", September 30, 2002
  5. ^ [1], Paper mill in St. Lawrence County closes, nearly 90 jobless.
  6. ^ New York Times, February 16, 2001
  7. ^ Revived Paper Mill Brings a Town Back With It, New York Times, 5 June 2008.
  8. ^ [2], Paper mill in St. Lawrence County closes, nearly 90 jobless.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.