Downsville, New York
Downsville, New York
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|• Total||4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)|
|• Land||3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||1,125 ft (343 m)|
|• Density||156/sq mi (60.3/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code||Area code 607 Exchange: 363|
|GNIS feature ID||948622|
Downsville is named for Abel Downs, who had a tannery there. The hamlet is located on the East Branch of the Delaware River. A dam on this portion of the river, at Downsville, was completed by locals paid for by New York City in 1954, creating the Pepacton Reservoir, which is part of the New York City water supply system. The Delaware and Northern Railroad ran south of town. There was a station on Depot Street.
Downsville Central School, located on Maple Avenue, serves families from the surrounding areas, including municipalities as far away as East Branch. Downsville Central School's colors are purple and white and their mascot is the Eagle.
Downsville is located in the northern part of the town of Colchester, along Downs Brook just north of its confluence with the East Branch Delaware River. New York State Route 30 passes through the hamlet, leading southwest 15 miles (24 km) to the hamlet of East Branch at NY 17, and east 26 miles (42 km) along the Pepacton Reservoir to Margaretville. New York State Route 206 leads northwest from Downsville 10 miles (16 km) to Walton and southeast 14 miles (23 km) to NY 17 at Roscoe.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Downsville CDP has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km2), of which 3.9 square miles (10.2 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.97%, is water.
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- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Downsville CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
- "Local Government Handbook - Table 13" (PDF) (5th ed.). New York State Department of State. 2008. p. 77. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 109.
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