Webb, New York
Location within Herkimer County
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Theodore Riehle Jr. (R)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||482.9 sq mi (1,250.8 km2)|
|• Land||451.0 sq mi (1,168.1 km2)|
|• Water||31.9 sq mi (82.7 km2)|
|Elevation||1,732 ft (528 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0979613|
Webb is the northernmost town in Herkimer County, New York, United States. It is named after William Seward Webb, President of the Raquette Lake Transportation Company, the Fulton Chain Railway Company, Fulton Navigation Company, and the Mohawk and Malone Railway. The railroads in Webb were instrumental in opening the Adirondacks to the tourism rush of the mid- to late 19th century. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad traverses the town.
Attempts were made to settle Webb around 1800 and 1811, but both efforts failed. The first permanent settlers arrived around 1837.
In 1836, the "Town of Wilmurt" was formed from parts of the towns of Ohio and Russia. Only the south part of Wilmurt was heavily settled. Webb was formed from the northern part of the now-defunct town of Wilmurt in 1896. Part of Wilmurt was returned to the town of Ohio.
When Dr. Webb's Mohawk and Malone Railway reached the town in 1892, it precipitated twenty years of prosperity from lumbering and tourism
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 482.9 square miles (1,251 km2), of which, 451.0 square miles (1,168 km2) of it is land and 31.9 square miles (83 km2) of it (6.61%) is water.
Webb has the most land area of any town in New York State, although Brookhaven covers a larger area when including water. In contrast, Green Island is the smallest town based on area at .07 square miles (0.18 km2).
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,912 people, 845 households, and 534 families residing in the town. The population density was 4.2 people per square mile (1.6/km²). There were 3,833 housing units at an average density of 8.5 per square mile (3.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.68% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.
There were 845 households out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.72.
In the town the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,541, and the median income for a family was $43,516. Males had a median income of $30,906 versus $20,398 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,910. About 4.5% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Webb
- Adirondack Woodcraft Camps – Located in Old Forge off of Rondaxe Road, the now coed camp has been operating for over 80 years and is one of the oldest summer camps remaining in the nation.
- Beaver River – A location the south side of Stillwater Reservoir.
- Big Moose – A hamlet on Route 1 west of Big Moose Lake.
- Bisby Lodge – A historic location.
- Brandreth – A location near the eastern town border.
- Camp Rondaxe – A location near the junction of Routes NY-28 and 93.
- Carter Station – A historic location.
- Eagle Bay – A hamlet on the north side of Fourth Lake at the junction of Routes 1 and 28.
- Fourth Lake – A large lake shared with Hamilton County, New York. Fourth Lake is actually the last part of a larger lake with each section having an ordinal designation. This system is the Fulton Chain Lakes.
- Keepawa – A hamlet by the eastern town line.
- Little Rapids – A location at the east end of the Stillwater Reservoir.
- McKeever – A hamlet on Route 28 at the western town border.
- Minnehaha – A hamlet near the west side of the town, east of McKeever on Route 28.
- Moshier Falls – A hamlet on the western border of the town with Lewis County, New York.
- Mountain Lodge – A location on Route 118 southeast of Old Forge.
- Old Forge – A hamlet on Route 28. Old Forge often records the lowest winter temperatures in New York. Old Forge is the principal community in the region, and, along with the adjacent community Thendara, forms an extensive business district.
- Stillwater – A hamlet by Stillwater Reservoir.
- Stillwater Reservoir – A large lake in the northern part of the town.
- Thendara – A hamlet on Route 28 immediately to the west of Old Forge.
- Woods Lake – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town.
- YMCA Camp Gorham - An overnight camp on Darts Lake.
- Hamlet of Old Forge/Town of Webb
- Town of Webb government
- Adirondack Scenic Railroad
- Adirondack Woodcraft Camps
- Town of Webb history
- Former Town of Wilmurt information
- Early history of Wilmurt, NY (defunct town)
- Stillwater Reservoir Boaters' Map