Place:Burke (town), Franklin, New York, United States

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NameBurke (town)
Alt namesBurke
TypeTown
Coordinates44.9°N 74.167°W
Located inFranklin, New York, United States
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Burke is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 1,456 at the 2010 census. The Town of Burke is a town in the northeastern part of the county. The town is east of the Village of Malone, the county seat.

The town contains a village also named Burke.

History

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The town was first settled prior to 1800 by the name of Zachary Tyler Burke. The area was known as "West Chateaugay," and was proposed to be the "Town of Birney," but the name Burke was selected instead. The Town of Burke was formed in 1844 from the Town of Chateaugay.

Almanzo Wilder, often thought to be a native of nearby Malone, actually grew up on a farm in Burke. He was the husband of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who told his story in the novel Farmer Boy. The son of James and Angeline Day Wilder, he was born on his family's farm on February 13, 1857. In 1871 the family left to settle in Minnesota.

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