- Watkins Glen, New York
official_name = Watkins Glen, New York
settlement_type = Village
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of New York
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Schuyler
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 5.8
area_land_km2 = 4.8
area_water_km2 = 1.0
area_total_sq_mi = 2.2
area_land_sq_mi = 1.9
area_water_sq_mi = 0.4
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 2149
population_density_km2 = 446.9
population_density_sq_mi = 1157.4
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 141
elevation_ft = 463
latd = 42 |latm = 22 |lats = 52 |latNS = N
longd = 76 |longm = 52 |longs = 16 |longEW = W
The fame of Watkins Glen
Located on the southern tip of Seneca Lake, one of western New York's deep, glacial
Finger Lakes, Watkins Glen is the site of scenic Watkins Glen State Park, but is probably best known for its role in auto racing, being the home of a street course used in road racing, a famous racetrack, Watkins Glen International, and a historic race, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix. The racetrack was also the scene of the 1973 Summer Jam at Watkins Glen rock festivalattended by an estimated 600,000 people.
Watkins Glen is also the home of the [http://www.racingarchives.org/ International Motor Racing Research Center] , an annex to the village library.
Auto racing at Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen is home to
Watkins Glen International, one of the premier road racing tracks in the United States. The first Watkins Glen Sports Car Grand Prix, however, was held in 1948on public streets in and near the village. Organized by local resident Cameron Argetsinger, it was the first post-WWII road race held in the United States and it marked the revival of American road racing.
The original course ran for 6.6 miles (10.6 km) and passed through the center of the village. The streets used for the original course remain intact today and a checkered flag marks the original start-finish line on the village's main street.
A permanent racing facility, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course opened in
1956. For fifty years, it has hosted nearly every type of road racing, from the Formula One United States Grand Prix( 1961- 1980), to one of the few races in the NASCARseries not conducted on an oval circuit.
The village was incorporated in
1842as "Jefferson." The current name was adopted in 1852, after Dr. Samuel Watkins, the founder of the community. The first settlement of European peoples in the area began circa 1800. Watkins Glen was the northern terminus of the Chemung Canal, connecting Seneca Lake to the Chemung River. Catherine Creek, flowing into the lake through the village, was used to help create the canal.
Watkins Glen is located at coor dms|42|22|52|N|76|52|16|W|city (42.380984, -76.871079)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km²). 1.9 sq mi (4.8 km²) of the village is land and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km²) of it (17.41%) is water. New York State Route 14joins New York State Route 79and New York State Route 414by Watkins Glen. NY-14 is one of the principal streets in Watkins Glen village. New York State Route 329and New York State Route 419lead into Watkins Glen from the west.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,149 people, 941 households, and 545 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 1,157.4/sq mi (446.1/km²). There were 1,035 housing units at an average density of 557.4/sq mi (214.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.91% White, 0.28% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.
There were 941 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 37.1% 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.
In the village the age distribution of the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $30,094 and the median income for a family was $41,172. Males had a median income of $31,993 versus $22,647 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $17,096. 14.3% of the population and 9.5% of families were living below the poverty line. 21.5% of those under the age of 18 and 10.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
* [http://www.watkinsglen.us/ Village of Watkins Glen]
* [http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkId=105 Watkins Glen State Park]
* [http://www.chronos-historical.org/rockfest/articles/WG1.html Book excerpt on the 1973 Summer Jam Rock Festival from "AQUARIUS RISING" by Robert Santelli]
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