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Hamlet of Myers: From point to park

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Hamlet of Myers: From point to park

The Hamlet of Myers in the Town of Lansing got its name from the early settler, Andrew Myers, Sr., who arrived at Salmon Creek in 1791, 26 years before Lansing and Tompkins County were formed.  The hamlet is on a point of land formed where the mouth of Salmon Creek empties into at Cayuga Lake. At the time Myers built a log cabin for himself, his wife, and children, his land was part of the Town of Milton and part of Cayuga County.

Myers was a boatman who built bateaux, flat-bottom boats that could carry six or eight tons of freight. He loaded his boats with potash and took them down the lake, the rivers, and canals to Albany and beyond. These early canals were not much more than ditches, but the flat bottom bateaux could travel on the shallow canals and be dragged through the swampy connecting areas.

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