The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Western Villages
Wayne Sentinel (Palmyra, NY), 30 Mar 1825

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The Western Villages.– Under this head, some of the city papers have very properly noticed the extraordinary growth of several of the villages on the line of the Erie Canal since its partial completion; but we have not seen a single work respecting Palmyra . We cheerfully respond that great improvements are making in nearly all of our western villages, and few present greater evidences of the fact than the one in which we have the good fortune to be located. No speculating spirit has hurried its march of improvement beyond the degree which its own resources will warrant and sustain. Surrounded as it is by a wealthy and fertile country, and an enterprising and rapidly increasing population, it seem as if nature has heretofore done more for its facilities and importance that the citizens themselves. But we take pleasure in stating, that an enterprising spirit seldom witnessed, and a disposition to "put a shoulder to the wheel" to improve and raise up our village, is now universally manifested by them.

We had indulged a hope that a correct census of this village, accompanied by a minute statement of its growing condition, would be furnished for publication before this time; but we cannot forbear to mention, while on this subject, some of the great improvements now going on.

New streets are laying out, and preparations for building are making. In addition to the three large and commodious store-house already erected in this village, three more are now building, which will probably be finished in the course of four weeks; an excellent and convenient wharf is also constructing by the Messrs. Thayres, connected with Rogers’ Basin. The business done on the canal last year, at this point, proved the necessity of these conveniences. The number of dwelling houses, merchants, and mechanics shops &c.,&c.,&c., to be erected the ensuing season, is greater, perhaps, than was ever before known in any season.

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30 Mar 1825
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.06395 Longitude: -77.23332
Richard Palmer
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The Western Villages