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The New York legislature established the Township of Chemung, now Chemung County, in 1788. The settlement of Newtown was soon established at the intersection of Newtown Creek and the Chemung River. In 1792, the settlement at Newtown joined with the Wisnerburg and DeWittsburg settlements to form the village of Newtown. In 1808, the village officially changed its name to the Town of Elmira, at a town meeting held at Teal's Tavern. It is said the town was named after tavern owner Nathan Teal's young daughter, but that story has never been confirmed. In any case, the City of Elmira, also called "The Queen City", was incorporated in 1864 from part of the town of Elmira and the village of Elmira. The remaining part of the town of Elmira exists still, surrounding the city on the west, north and east.

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  • Elmira was settled in 1788 by Captain John Hendry

    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

  • 1854 - Elmira
    Elmira. n post-village, capital of Chemung county. New York, is situated in Elmira township, near the junction of Newton creek with the Chemung...Read MORE...


  • Elmira was incorporated in 1865


  • 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...


  • 1895 - Elmira
    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...Read MORE...


  • Elmira, New York, USA
    American - La France Fire Engine Co.
  • Elmira, New York, USA
    East Water St. Looking From R.R. Crossing
  • Elmira, New York, USA
    East Church Street
  • 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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  • Elmira was settled in 1788 by Captain John Hendry

    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1854 - Elmira
    Elmira. n post-village, capital of Chemung county. New York, is situated in Elmira township, near the junction of Newton creek with the Chemung... Read MORE...

  • Elmira was incorporated in 1865
  • 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...

  • 1895 - Elmira
    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... 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

    historyorb.com
  • 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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