Malone, New York
|Malone, New York|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Howard F. Maneely (D)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||102.8 sq mi (266.3 km2)|
|• Land||101.5 sq mi (262.9 km2)|
|• Water||1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)|
|Elevation||790 ft (240 m)|
|• Density||402/sq mi (155.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||979185|
Malone is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 14,545 at the 2010 census. The town contains a village also named Malone, which is the county seat. The town is an interior town, located in the north-central part of the county.
The town was formed from part of the town of Chateaugay in 1805. The town was originally named "Harison", after Richard Harison who had purchased the land and founded the town. The name was changed in 1808 to "Ezraville", after Ezra L'Hommedieu, and in 1812 to "Malone".
Former Governor Mario Cuomo instituted financial measures to increase economic stability to the county by bringing in many prisons (state and federal) to help "strengthen" the area.
In June 2015, the town received national attention after David Sweat and Richard Matt, escaped convicts from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, were the subject of a 3-week manhunt in the area. Matt was shot and killed in Malone, while Sweat remained on the run until June 28 when he was captured in the nearby town of Constable.
Notable natives include:
- Tom Browning, Major League Baseball pitcher
- William H. Flack (1861–1907), US congressman
- Orville Gibson, founder of the Gibson Guitar Corporation
- Michael Hastings, investigative journalist
- William H. Huntington, former Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Bob Mould, solo musician and former guitarist, singer, and songwriter with alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar
- Howard Siler, former USA bobsledder, and coach of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games Jamaican Bobsled Team
- William Almon Wheeler, Vice President of the United States under Rutherford Hayes
- Almanzo Wilder, husband of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 102.8 square miles (266.3 km2), of which 101.5 square miles (262.9 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2), or 1.25%, is water.
The Salmon River flows northward through the center of town, and the Trout River flows across the northeast corner.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,981 people, 4,114 households, and 2,620 families residing in the town. The population density was 147.1 people per square mile (56.8/km²). There were 4,644 housing units at an average density of 45.6 per square mile (17.6/km²). The ethnic makeup of the town was 73.61% White, 18.56% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 6.25% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.19% of the population.
There were 4,114 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the town the population was spread out with 16.3% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 42.1% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 179.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 201.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $27,716, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $25,996 versus $20,506 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,352. About 8.1% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in the Town of Malone
- Bare Hill Correctional Facility – a New York medium security state prison
- Chasm Falls – a hamlet in the southeast part of the town on County Road 25; originally called Titusville
- Fay – a hamlet by the north town line
- Franklin Correctional Facility – a New York medium security state prison
- Lake Titus – a lake in the southwest part of the town
- Malone – a village located in the center of the town and the county seat of Franklin County
- Malone-Dufort Airport (MAL) – an airport west of the village of Malone
- Malone Junction – a hamlet northeast of the village of Malone
- Teboville – a hamlet in the central part of the town, east of Whippleville
- Titus Mountain – a ski area spread over 3 mountains 7 miles (11 km) south of the village of Malone
- Upstate Correctional Facility – a New York maximum security state prison
- Whippleville – a hamlet in the central part of the town, located south of the village of Malone on County Road 25
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Malone town, Franklin County, New York". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
- Rojas, Rick; Goodman, J. David; Rashbaum, William K. (28 June 2015). "David Sweat, Escaped New York Convict, Is Shot and Captured as Hunt Ends". The New York Times (New York). Retrieved 2 July 2015.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Oral history of Chasm Falls in the late 19th early 20th Centuries
- Oral history of Whippleville and Teboville in the late 19th early 20th Centuries
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Malone, New York.|
- Town of Malone official website
- North Country Community College
- Early Malone history
- Malone Historical Map Online
- Read and Listen to the oral history of Malone in the late 19th early 20th Centuries
- Franklin County Historical & Museum Society