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One area tradition about the origin of the name Deposit says it stems from it being the place where lumber was deposited until river waters were high enough to allow shipping to Philadelphia. Before the coming of white settlers, this part of the Delaware River Valley was inhabited by the Delawares, the Mohawks, the Oneidas and Tuscaroras. To the Indians this area was known as Koo Koose or the place of owls. The first permanent settler was John Hulce who came from Orange County in 1789 and settled on the west side of the river at the northerly side of the village. In 1811 the village, containing only 12 dwellings, was incorporated. In 1851 the charter was amended to include 400 acres in the town of Sanford in Broome County.

The next and present charter, made in 1871, was a very special act of the State Legislature because of the unique location of Deposit in 2 counties. This dual location has created some problems over time. Logging was at first the main industry as settlers cleared the land for residential purposes. Then this part of New York State became agricultural. But the rebuilding of highways and changing economy has reduced farming to a minimum. There have been and still are various industries, printing establishments, fiberboard processing, and harvesting and sale of bluestone from local quarries.


One area tradition about the origin of the name Deposit says it stems from it being the place where lumber was deposited until river waters were high enough to allow shipping to Philadelphia. Before the coming of white settlers, this part of the Delaware River Valley was inhabited by the Delawares, the Mohawks, the Oneidas and Tuscaroras. To the Indians this area was known as Koo Koose or the place of owls. The first permanent settler was John Hulce who came from Orange County in 1789 and settled on the west side of the river at the northerly side of the village. In 1811 the village, containing only 12 dwellings, was incorporated. In 1851 the charter was amended to include 400 acres in the town of Sanford in Broome County.

The next and present charter, made in 1871, was a very special act of the State Legislature because of the unique location of Deposit in 2 counties. This dual location has created some problems over time. Logging was at first the main industry as settlers cleared the land for residential purposes. Then this part of New York State became agricultural. But the rebuilding of highways and changing economy has reduced farming to a minimum. There have been and still are various industries, printing establishments, fiberboard processing, and harvesting and sale of bluestone from local quarries.


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This beautiful region at the western edge of the fabled Catskill Mountains is well known for year-round sports activities. Anglers stream in to test their luck and hone their skills in Oquaga Creek, Cannonsville Reservoir and the Beaverkill River, reputedly the first stream in America to test the dry fly. The West Branch of the Delaware River is a beautiful recreational river to fish, boat, canoe, swim, tube and just sit back and enjoy. Nearby streams such as the Beaverkill host great trout fishing. Private lakes in the area include Oquaga Lake, Columbia Lake, Crystal Lake, Lauren Lake, Silver Lake, Blueberry Lake and others.

Hunting is excellent, as the rolling hills and deep woods support high populations of deer and wild turkey, as well as an occasional bear. Grouse, rabbit and other small game are plentiful, and migrating ducks and geese add seasonal excitement. Canoeing, rafting and swimming are summer favorites, while cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing keep the winter active. Golf courses, bridle paths, tennis courts, hiking trails and other developed facilities are numerous.





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