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Jell-O was developed in LeRoy by the Genesee Pure Food Co. One of the original flavors was chocolate. The town was named after an early landowner, Herman Le Roy.

Lima is crossed by US 20 and Interstate 390, giving access to most locations in western New York.

The town was named for Robert Livingston, who began a noted New York political dynasty (see Clermont).

Maybrook earned its sobriquet "Gateway to the East" because it was the home of one of the largest rail yards on the East Coast. When railroad operations ceased in 1974, Yellow Freight took up some of the slack by setting up trucking operations on part of the old railroad yards. That business, too, has declined and Maybrook has in recent years become more of a bedroom community.

When I saw this sign in McGraw, I wondered why a town would celebrate a college that existed for only a decade over a century ago. New York Central was one of the few colleges that accepted blacks and women as students and, even more unusual, employed a black man and two women on the faculty. There was also an Underground Railroad station on the campus.

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The Schoharie Creek flows through Middleburgh, which was named for Middelburg, the capital of the Dutch province of Zeeland.

Morris is located in central New York's Leatherstocking Country. The town was named for Gen. Jacob Morris, the son of Declaration of Independence signer Lewis Morris. Morris was granted land in the area to compensate for estates siezed by the British during the American Revolution.

Naples, in the southern Finger Lakes region, lies in a mountainous area known as the Switzerland of America. This is a wine-producing area and, not surprisingly, grape pie is a local specialty. The now-abandoned building to the right of the picture was the office of a motel designed in the mode of a Swiss chalet. The wine-producing area is known for its grape pies and annually hosts the Naples Grape Festival.

The Little Worlds Fair is a county fair held in the Neversink hamlet of Grahamsville. The Great Pumpkin Party is also held at the fairgrounds in October and features children's games, craft booths and (of course) pumpkins.

The Town of Newburgh, not to be confused with its urban neighbor, the City of Newburgh, is known as the "Crossroads of the Northeast," because of its location astride the intersection of the New York State (Thomas E. Dewey) Thruway (I-87) and I-84.

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