Newton Falls, New York
Newton Falls, New York
|• 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||1,496 ft (456 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||976719|
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. It was reopened in 2007 as Newton Falls Fine Paper through the efforts of former mill workers and town residents. The paper mill was again closed as of June 28, 2011.
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. 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.
The paper mill was opened by the Newton family in 1894. In 1920, the mill, operated as the Newton Falls Paper Company, was purchased by McGraw-Hill and United Publishers Corporation [a][b] to supply paper for the magazines they published. Each partner held a 50% stake in the mill.
The mill remained with McGraw-Hill/ABC until it was purchased in 1984 by the Swedish multinational company Stora Kopparbergs Bergslag, Sweden's second-largest forest products company, and renamed Papyrus Newton Falls, Inc., in 1989. Papyrus was the fine papers division of Stora. Later that year it was renamed to Stora Papyrus Newton Falls, Inc. The mill was purchased in 1996 by Appleton Papers Inc., a leading worldwide producer of carbonless paper and the leading U.S. producer of thermal paper.
It closed in 2000 when Appleton decided to consolidate the operation closer to its home in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
After the 1978 closure of the iron mine, the mill was the hamlet's largest employer.
New owners, Dennis L. Bunnell and partners and Scotia Investments out of Canada were secured through heavy community involvement. The mill reopened on September 7, 2007 under the new name of Newton Falls Fine Paper. The paper mill was permanently closed as of June 28, 2011.
44° 12' 43.20", -74° 59' 22.20" Newton Falls is located at (44.2106178, -74.9890831).
Newton Falls is served by the Clifton-Fine Central School district.
Notes and references
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- New York Times, February 16, 2001, "A Mill Closes, and a Hamlet Fades to Black"
- New York Times, June 5, 2008 "Revived Paper Mill Brings a Town Back With It"
- NCPR, "Newton Falls Paper Mill Reopens: Economic Victory For St. Lawrence County", September 30, 2002
- , Paper mill in St. Lawrence County closes, nearly 90 jobless.
- New York Times, February 16, 2001
- Paper, A Weekly Technical Journal for Paper and Pulp Mills, Volume 28, March 9, 1921
- http://cool.conservation-us.org/byorg/abbey/ap/ap04/ap04-6/ap04-610.html(Volume 04, Number 6 Dec 1991)
- Pulp & Paper Magazine Issue: May 1, 1996 Author: JEREMY J. GLOWACKI
- Revived Paper Mill Brings a Town Back With It, New York Times, 5 June 2008.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.