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Corning, NY
Overview

The City of Corning is at the western edge of the Town of Corning and in the southeast part of Steuben County.

The city is the headquarters of Fortune 500 company Corning Incorporated, formerly Corning Glass Works, a manufacturer of glass and ceramic products for industrial, scientific and technical uses.

It is also home to the Corning Museum of Glass, which houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of glass objects from antiquity to the present. The museum houses The Rakow Library, one of the world's major glass research centers.

The city's other major cultural attraction is the Rockwell Museum of Western Art It contains an important collection of Western American painting and sculpture assembled over the past 40 years by Robert F. and Hertha Rockwell.

The city has been cited several times by American Style magazine as one of the top twenty-five small city arts destinations in the U.S. -- most recently in June 2007.[citation needed] Many of the cultural events and historic landmarks in the city are in Corning's Gaffer District.

Since 1979, Corning Country Club has annually hosted The Corning Classic, a stop on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. The city has commercial air service available at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport in the nearby town of Horseheads.

History

The first settlement in the town was made near the site of the future city in 1796. The community was set apart from the Town of Corning as a village in 1848. Corning was incorporated as a city in 1890. As the glass industry developed, Corning became known as the "Crystal City."

The Corning area's first real industry was lumber. The first settlers used the area river systems to transport logs and finished lumber in fleets downstream to buyers. This gave rise to large mills which helped to develop the area. Rafting of lumber began to wane as timber was depleted. At one time the mills of the Corning area were reputed to be among the biggest in the world. After the lumber was depleted the great mills moved north to new forests.

East, across the Chemung river from Corning, lies Gibson, New York, the site of a feeder canal for the Erie Canal system. Some of Corning's early prosperity came from the feeder canal system exposure. Canal cargoes from Corning included soft coal, limber, tobacco, grain, and whisky. From April 22 to December 11, 1850, the canal season that year, the newspaper reported that 1,116 boats left the port of Corning. Tolls for the year totaled $54,060.39. Among items shipped were 46,572,400 pounds of coal. The canals best peacetime year was 1854 when 270,978 tons of freight was hauled. The American Civil War brought an abnormal amount of business with a peak of 307,151 tons hauled in one year.

After the Civil War, an industrial boom occurred in the region. Ingersoll Rand opened during this period in Painted Post, just north of Corning.

Corning became a "railroad town" in the 1880s. Corning became the scene of smaller railroad lines busily weaving webs of tracks connecting the major trunk line to smaller communities.
   
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