Cobleskill (town), New York

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Cobleskill
Town
Cobleskill (town), New York is located in New York
Cobleskill
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates (seat of town government): 42°40′49″N 74°25′03″W / 42.68028°N 74.41750°W / 42.68028; -74.41750Coordinates: 42°40′49″N 74°25′03″W / 42.68028°N 74.41750°W / 42.68028; -74.41750
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySchoharie
Settledc.1750
Established1795
Government
 • BodyTown board
 • SupervisorTom Murray[1] (Democratic)
Area
 • Total30.8 sq mi (80 km2)
 • Land30.6 sq mi (79 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Population (2000)[2]
 • Total6,407
 • Density210/sq mi (80/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)DST (UTC-4)
Area code518
Websitetownofcobleskill.com
 
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Cobleskill
Town
Cobleskill (town), New York is located in New York
Cobleskill
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates (seat of town government): 42°40′49″N 74°25′03″W / 42.68028°N 74.41750°W / 42.68028; -74.41750Coordinates: 42°40′49″N 74°25′03″W / 42.68028°N 74.41750°W / 42.68028; -74.41750
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySchoharie
Settledc.1750
Established1795
Government
 • BodyTown board
 • SupervisorTom Murray[1] (Democratic)
Area
 • Total30.8 sq mi (80 km2)
 • Land30.6 sq mi (79 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Population (2000)[2]
 • Total6,407
 • Density210/sq mi (80/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)DST (UTC-4)
Area code518
Websitetownofcobleskill.com

Cobleskill is a town in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 6,407 at the 2000 census.[2] The town contains a village, also named Cobleskill, as well as the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

The town is in the northern part of the county and is southwest of Amsterdam.

History[edit]

The town was first settled around 1712. The town was founded at the same time as the county, 1795, but its boundaries were not established until 1801. There are more historical notes on the pages of Cobleskill (village), New York, Schoharie County, New York.

The town was named after mill owner Jacob Kobell, and the word "kil," which is Dutch for stream.[3] Cobleskill was incorporated in 1868.[4]

Battle of Cobleskill[edit]

The Cobleskill Militia, along with a few Continentals, were having a meeting at George Warner's house when the lookout spotted a party of Native Americans walking past. The soldiers pursued the Indians for a couple of miles when an army of 300-400 Indians, led by Joseph Brant, opened fire on the rebels. Of the 40 or so rebels, only about 11 got away without any major injuries including Alexander Koeberle V of Prussia.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.8 square miles (79.7 km²), of which, 30.6 square miles (79.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.49%) is water.

Cobleskill Creek flows eastward through the town. Interstate 88 passes across the town. New York State Route 145 is an east-west highway, which runs conjointly with New York State Route 10 near Cobleskill village. Both the Interstate and NY-10 follow a route similar to Cobleskill Creek.

Two underground cavern complexes are open to tourists: Howe Caverns and Secret Caverns. Both are north of I-88 and Howes Cave.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,407 people, 2,270 households, and 1,287 families residing in the town. The population density was 209.3 people per square mile (80.8/km²). There were 2,509 housing units at an average density of 81.9 per square mile (31.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.76% White, 3.62% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population.[2]

There were 2,270 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.90.[2]

In the town the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 24.9% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.[2]

The median income for a household in the town was $32,764, and the median income for a family was $46,875. Males had a median income of $32,708 versus $24,864 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,246. About 9.2% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.[2]

Media[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Joseph P. Hamm is one of Cobleskill's most notable citizens. Hamm was a renowned horticulturist specializing in exotic herbs, including holistic pharmaceutical uses. As a young teen, Hamm gained fame as a willing pugilist, a fondness he continued will into his twenties. In school, coaches welcomed Hamm's ability and team spirit. Sports he favored were football and baseball. In 1982, Hamm helped lead the Cobleskill Red Devils to their first Sectional playoff appearance. Head Coach F. Collins once commented that even with numerous personal fouls, he was a great asset to the team. Hamm became a familiar face about Cobleskill before moving away. Civic leaders and local authorities constantly turned to him and he even became a figure recognizable with MADD. Hamm is currently a successful entrepreneur and businessman.

Communities and locations in the Town of Cobleskill[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Town of Cobleskill Home Page". Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Profile for Cobleskill, New York, NY". ePodunk. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cobleskill, New York". City-Data.com. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Durand, George Harman, (1838 - 1903)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 

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