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"Elmira, a city and the capital of Chemung co., N.Y., and the largest town on the Erie Railroad between Paterson and Buffalo, is situated on both sides of the Chemung River, in a wide and fertile valley, at the mouth of New town Creek. By railroad it is 274 miles W.N.W. of New York, 149 miles E.S.E. of Buffalo, 46 miles S.S.W. of Ithaca, and 78 miles N. by E. of Williamsport. It is on the Erie Railroad where it crosses the Northern Central Railroad, and is a terminus of the Utica, Ithaca & Elmira Railroad. It contains a court-house, 26 churches, a high school, the Elmira Free Academy, 4 banks (2 of which are national), a State Reformatory, a Catholic academy, and the Elmira Female College, which has an endowment of $100,000 and a library of 3000 volumes. Three daily and 5 weekly newspapers are published here. Elmira has extensive manufactures of railroad-iron, iron castings, rail road-cars, farming-implements, iron bridges, boilers and engines, ploughs, woollen goods, boots and shoes, carriages, edge-tools, flour, &c. Here are several machine-shops and tanneries, a manufactory of steam fire-engines, and large workshops of the Erie Railroad and Northern Central Rail road. The town is supplied with water which is stored in a large reservoir and distributed in pipes. Elmira was incorporated in 1865, and is divided into 7 wards. Pop. in 1880, 20,541; in 1890, 30,893."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • News  1884 - Mr. P. Sexton, of Elmira, N.Y., will soon have a new eyelid.
    Mr. Sexton, as will be remembered, was the engineer of the train that rain through a sea of burning oil near Bradford, Pa., last January. He was... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - Mrs. Loper, aged ninety-seven years, is still living at Elmira, N. Y.
    When she first settled in that vicinity the county contained only six families, and animals indigenous to that part of the United States were found... Read MORE...

  • News  1886 - FOUR MEN KILLED - Victims of the Explosion of a Locomotive Boiler
    A few minutes after 3 o'clock the other afternoon an engine of the Beech Creek Railroad blew up with tremendous force near Elmira, N. Y. Five men... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - Fire
    Another One.
    Elmira, N. Y., March 10. – The explosion of a lamp in the press room of the Elmira Gazette at 8 o’clock yesterday evening, followed by... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - FIRE CAUSED BY AN EXPLOSION. THE LOSS WILL PROBABLY REACH TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
    ELMIRA, N. Y., June 30. - Lewis Neilson, an employe in the hardware store of Barker, Rose & Gray, at the corner of Water and Lake Streets, was sent... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Elmira, a city and the capital of Chemung co., N.Y., is situated on both sides of the Chemung River, in a wide and fertile valley, at the mouth of... Read MORE...

  • News  1946 - STATE OF EMERGENCY - Flood Waters Cover Elmira Business Area
    ELMIRA (AP). - Flood waters six inches deep swept through Elmira's main business district today and Mayor Emory Strachen declared a state of... Read MORE...

  • 1956 - September 10 - WSYE TV chan 18 in Elmira-Corning, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
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  • 1972 - Hurricane Agnes
    "In June 1972, Hurricane Agnes hit the East Coast with a monstrous and devastating force, bringing a deluge across multiple states and slamming four... Read MORE...

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