Place:Canisteo, Steuben, New York, United States


Coordinates42.27°N 77.606°W
Located inSteuben, New York, United States
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Canisteo is a village in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 2,336 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Canisteo is in the northwest corner of the Town of Canisteo and is southeast of Hornell, New York.


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An Indian village on this site, Kanestio Castle, was destroyed in 1765 by Sir William Johnson. Settlers began arriving at the new community around 1789. It was one of the first settlements in what is today Steuben County. The largest growth came after the American Civil War when many factories opened. The village was incorporated in 1873.

The village of Canisteo was originally called Bennettsville, and "consisted of a few houses and the rather large Canisteo House hotel". The original Canisteo, today a hamlet called Canisteo Center, was south of the present village, along the river. When the Erie Railroad was built about 1870, there was not room for a depot between the tracks and the Canisteo River, so the depot was built upriver, at the south of the tracks, on the west side of Depot Street. Railroad Street (today Depot Street) was built to connect the depot to the Canisteo House hotel. A large community, with businesses and shops, and other hotels, sprang up.[1]

Canisteo got dial telephone service about 1950; the original building, on Fifth St., is still (2015) in use. Numbers were four digits, beginning with 2- or 4-, and the only pay phone in town, in the school, with 8-. However, it was an isolated island until the commercial center of Hornell got dial service in 1963. To call Hornell, one dialed 3- for a Hornell operator. This is probably a reason why Hornell's exchange, 324, begins with a 3-. The only other dialable location was the hamlet of Cameron, whose exchange was accessed by dialing 5-.

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