Dansville, New York @ AARoads
Dansville lies between two hills within the town of North Dansville. Population of the village as of the 2000 census is 4,832.
A Brief History...
Settlers first arrived in the Dansville area in the 1790s, of those Captain Dan Faulkner, a militia captain and the towns namesake, was included. The early days of the community were founded by area saw and flour mills. Later construction of the Dansville branch of the Genesee Valley Canal added to the area population in the 1840s with village incorporation in 1845. Probably the village's most famous resident, Clara Baron, founded the first chapter of the American Red Cross in 1881. The 1880s also brought the Lackawanna Railroad across East Hill (a railroad line in use until the 1960s).
Looking east at Dansville from the hill west of town. Photo taken 07/02/05.
Dansville's Castle on the Hill
The Dansville water cure, known initially as "Our Home on the Hillside" then later the Jackson Sanatorium opened in 1858. This health resort featured prominently on East Hill and was a retreat for the weary and the health conscious. In 1929 the facility switched ownership and gained new direction as the Physical Culture Hotel under health faddist Bernarr Macfadden. Macfadden converted the former water cure facility into a exercise resort with outdoor sports and therapeutic treatments. The resort flourished until his death in 1955, changing roles for a final time as "Bernarr Macfadden's Castle on the Hill". Abandoned since 1971, the facility may be renovated with funds from a $2.5-million state grant awarded in 2008.
Main Street northbound in downtown Dansville. The village has only four signalized intersections, three of which reside along Main Street. Photo taken 05/11/05.
Dansville is also known for its Labor Day balloon festival. Started in 1982, the annual festival draws tourists from the region to the village from its launch site at Dansville Municipal Airport every year. Dansville Airport opened in 1927.
Dansville History on the Web
- Dansville History, Dansville Public Library.
- Dansville's "Castle on the Hill", Dansville Public Library.
- Dansville Municipal Airport (DSV), Dansville Community Home Page.
|Interstate 390 - Genesee Expressway|
|Interstate 390 was constructed as a freeway between New York 21 near Wayland and New York 36 near Dansville Airport between 1966 and 1968. Known as the Dansville-Wayland Expressway, the roadway was initially designated New York 245. Work on the freeway between New York 36 and Groveland followed by 19811, though the freeway received the Interstate 390 designation on November 24, 1971.2|
|New York State Route 36|
|New York 36 enters Dansville from the southwest via Clara Barton Street, merging with New York 63 briefly in downtown along a .13-mile overlap on Main Street. Ossian Street carries the route west to Franklin Street and a northwest path to Dansville Municipal Airport. Overall the highway travels 95.17 miles between Pennsylvania 249 at Troupsburg and New York 31 at Adams Basin.|
|New York State Route 63|
|New York 63 connects Dansville with the Steubon County seat community of Wayland. Following Main Street, the state route bisects the village of Dansville, briefly sharing pavement with New York 36. The route tallies 82.20 miles between New York 15 and 21 in Wayland and New York 18 at Yates.|
|New York State Route 245|
New York 245 followed the current alignment of New York 436 into Dansville from the west, sharing pavement with New York 63 along Main Street to Wayland. The state route turned southward with New York 21 to Naples, joining its current alignment from there.
Once the Dansville-Wayland Expressway segment opened to traffic in 1974, New York 245 was relocated from its overlap with New York 63 onto the new freeway. This alignment replaced New York 401, a briefly used designation along the same freeway.
|New York State Route 256|
Following Perine Street north from New York 63 (Main Street), New York 256 turns northward from Dansville on its 21.08-mile path to New York 15 at Lakeville.
|New York State Route 436|
Replacing New York 245, New York 436 heads west from New York 36 in Dansville to Nunda. The highway travels 23.80 miles to New York 39 at Lamont.
Local Livingston County Routes
05/28/00, 05/08/05, 05/11/05, and 07/02/05 photos taken by Alex Nitzman.
|Continuing the 400 foot drop along Livingston County 9 north toward Dansville. Photos taken 05/11/05.|
- Interstate 390 @ Wikipedia.org.
- Interstate 390 (Kurumi).
- Gribblenation.NET: New York Routes (Routes 30-39)
- Gribblenation.NET: New York Routes (Routes 60-69)
- Gribblenation.NET: New York Routes (Routes 240-249)
- Gribblenation.NET: New York Routes (Routes 250-259)
- Gribblenation.NET: New York Routes (Routes 430-439)
Page Updated August 20, 2009.