Natural Bridge, New York

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Natural Bridge, New York
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Coordinates: 44°4′7″N75°29′41″W / 44.06861°N 75.49472°W / 44.06861; -75.49472 Coordinates: 44°4′7″N75°29′41″W / 44.06861°N 75.49472°W / 44.06861; -75.49472
Country United States
State New York
County Jefferson, Lewis
Town Wilna
Area
  Total1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
  Land1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
817 ft (249 m)
Population
  Total365
  Density263/sq mi (101.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
13665
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-49605
GNIS feature ID0958296

Natural Bridge is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 365. [1]

A census-designated place (CDP) is a concentration of population defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. CDPs have been used in each decennial census since 1980 as the counterparts of incorporated places, such as self-governing cities, towns, and villages, for the purposes of gathering and correlating statistical data. CDPs are populated areas that generally include one officially designated but currently unincorporated small community, for which the CDP is named, plus surrounding inhabited countryside of varying dimensions and, occasionally, other, smaller unincorporated communities as well. CDPs include small rural communities, colonias located along the U.S. border with Mexico, and unincorporated resort and retirement communities and their environs.

Jefferson County, New York County in the United States

Jefferson County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 116,229. Its county seat is Watertown. The county is named after Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States of America. It is adjacent to Lake Ontario, southeast from the Canada–US border of Ontario.

New York (state) State of the United States of America

New York is a state in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is sometimes referred to as New York State.

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It is located in the northeast corner of the town of Wilna and is east of Watertown. The name "Natural Bridge" was derived from a natural rock formation along the Indian River. Natural Bridge Station is a location along a railroad line southeast of the community in Lewis County.

Wilna, New York Town in New York, United States

Wilna is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 6,427 at the 2010 census. The town is on the eastern side of the county and is east of Watertown.

Watertown (city), New York City in New York, United States

Watertown is a city in the U.S. state of New York and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is situated approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of the Thousand Islands.It also lies 180 miles (290 km) northwest of Albany, the state capital and 328 miles (530 km) northwest of New York City. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 27,023, an increase of 1.2% since 2000. The U.S. Army post Fort Drum is near the city.

Indian River flows into Black Lake near Rossie, New York. The outlets of Red Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Muskellunge Lake flow into the Indian River. The river is part of the Oswegatchie River watershed.

History

In 1812, a hunter, Aleaser Carr, crossed the Indian River on what he assumed to be a log while hunting. Much to his amazement while hunting a short time later, he again came to the river on the same side as before he crossed. After an examination by himself and a party of hunters, it appeared that he had unknowingly recrossed the river on what turned out to be a limestone arch. Consequently, this is how Natural Bridge received its name.

Settlement began in the area in 1818. The former king of Spain, Joseph Bonaparte, known in America as the Count de Survilliers, owned land consisting of a one-mile square. After coming to look at his land in 1828, he was impressed by the limestone arch and with being so close to his lake, "Lake Bonaparte" (8 miles (13 km) to the northeast), he decided to build a second summer residence in Natural Bridge in 1829. He resided here with his "Madame" until 1835. The house was destroyed in September 1905 in a fire that also consumed two hotels and their barns, the country store, and another dwelling house.

Joseph Bonaparte elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte

Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte, born Giuseppe di Buonaparte was a French diplomat and nobleman, the older brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, who made him King of Naples and Sicily, and later King of Spain. After the fall of Napoleon, Joseph styled himself Comte de Survilliers.

An old story which still proves to be a mystery today is of the Joseph Bonaparte residence. The cellar of the residence was supposedly connected by secret passage to the caverns so that if he ever needed to escape, he had this passage. [2] [3]

Geography

Natural Bridge is located along the eastern edge of Jefferson County at 44°4′7″N75°29′41″W / 44.06861°N 75.49472°W / 44.06861; -75.49472 (44.068527, -75.494749), [4] in the eastern part of the town of Wilna. It is bordered to the east by the town of Diana in Lewis County.

Diana, New York Town in New York, United States

Diana is a town in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 1,709 at the 2010 census.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it recorded as land. [1] The Indian River flows northward through the community to the east of the downtown area.

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Natural Bridge is located on New York State Route 3 southeast of Fort Drum, at the western edge of the Adirondacks. Watertown, the Jefferson county seat, is 23 miles (37 km) to the southwest via Routes 3 and 3A, while Harrisville is 11 miles (18 km) to the northeast.

Demographics

As of the census [5] of 2010, there were 365 people, 139 households, and 100 families residing in Natural Bridge. The racial makeup of the population was 94.8% White, 1.1% African American, 2.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3% Asian, and 1.1% from two or more races. 2.2% were Hispanic or Latino, 1.4% Mexican and 0.8% Puerto Rican.

There were 139 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were Husband and Wife, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were Nonfamily. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the village the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $26,838, and the median income for a family was $25,662. Males had a median income of $18,571 versus $15,536 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $10,349. About 20.4% of families and 26.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Natural CDP, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  2. Priest, Irvin M., Souvenir Lake Bonaparte, NY: A Short History of Lake Bonaparte and Natural Bridge NY. (1938): 13-15. Print.
  3. To view historic images of Natural Bridge, see this website.
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. American FactFinder" (http://factfinder2.census.gov). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-02-19