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Cortland, NY
History

Cortland, settled in 1791, was made a village in 1853 (rechartered in 1864), and was incorporated as a city in 1900 as the 41st city in the State of New York. When the county was formed in 1808, Cortland vied with other villages and won the status of becoming the county seat. The City of Cortland is the county seat of Cortland County. Known as the "Crown City" because of its location on a plain formed by the convergence of seven valleys, Cortland is situated about 1,130 feet (344 m) above sea level, making it the uppermost city to crown the state. Forty stars, representing the 40 cities incorporated before Cortland, circle the State of New York and Crown on the Official City Seal. The seven points of the Crown create seven valleys depicting Cortland's seven surrounding valleys. The 41st star in the center of the Crown illustrates Cortland as the closest incorporated City to the geographic center of New York.

The leading industry in Cortland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was the Wickwire Brothers wire drawing mill, noted for its production of wire hardware cloth for use as window screens. The extent of their wealth is commemorated in a pair of magnificent mansions, the Victorian gothic home of Chester Wickwire is now the "1890 House Museum and Center for the Victorian Arts" [2] while the 1912 home of Charles Wickwire is now called the SUNY Cortland Alumni House and is owned and operated by the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association. It is open to the public as well as being used by the Alumni Association to host College related events and house visiting dignitaries.

Cortland also boasts a classic Octagon house.

In 1868 Cortland became the home of the Cortland Normal School, now the State University of New York at Cortland.

Notable residents

Ronnie James Dio, former frontman for Rainbow and Black Sabbath who now fronts his own band. A street in Cortland is named for him (Dio Way).
Gary Wood NFL quarterback for the New York Giants
   
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