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Colton

Colton is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, USA. The population was 1,451 at the 2010 census. The town, originally named Matildaville, is named after early settler Jesse Colton Higley.The Town of Colton is located in the southeast part of the county and is south of the Village of Potsdam.HistoryThe first land patents were issued in 1776. The first settlement occurred around 1825 near Colton village in the northern part of the town.Colton was organized in 1843 from part of the Town of Parishville. Additional land from Parishville was added to Colton in 1851, and Colton was increased in 1876 from territory taken from the Town of Hopkinton.The Zion Episcopal Church and Rectory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The Hepburn Library of Colton was added in 2012.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 254.9sqmi, of which, 242.1sqmi of it is land and 12.8sqmi of it (5.04%) is water.Colton is the largest town in St. Lawrence County. St Lawrence county is the largest county in NY state. The south town line is the border of Hamilton County and Herkimer County.
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