|A Town Of Rural Beauty Yesterday....
Even More Today....
The Town of Colton encompasses 155,289 acres which is 242.5 square
miles. 80% of The Town of Colton is in the Adirondack State Park. The
population of the town is 1,451 as of the 2010 Census.
The town of Colton is located between the St. Lawrence River and the
Adirondack Mountains in St. Lawrence County. The Raquette River runs
through Colton and offers its residents and visitors boating, skiing.
canoeing and kayaking. The town is also home to the Colton Colts 2006
New York State soccer champions.
chronological history of Colton through
was established by an act of the
legislature on April 12, 1843 and became
the 27th. town of St. Lawrence County on
February 1, 1844.
hamlet was originally named "Matildaville"
and the town "Springfield", however that
was unpopular. So, the town's name
was changed to Colton at the request of
one of the town's pioneers, Jesse Colton
Higley, honoring his mother's family
name. The name at first met with
resistance from some until Mr. Higley
finally offered to provide all gunpowder
for the July 4th. celebration.
natural land surrounding Colton has
significantly impacted the Town's history.
Technology, tourism, culture and hard work
have all effected the development of the
area in one way or another.
Here is a
list of landmark dates and occurrences
leading up to the Colton of today...