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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

West Elmira

New York

Basic Information

Type of Place
CDP, Unincorporated Borough, or MCD
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960 5763 4
1970
1980
1990
2000 5136 4926 94 74 4 26
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Elmira resident:

West Elmira is an upperclass area. Never heard of sundown rules here, but the 5PM buses and trolleys leaving West Elmira for Elmira were always full of black people (maids, butlers, chaffeurs, cooks). “W. Elmira today is still pretty white %u2014 that is where our Country Club is located. Elmira Heights was the factory area and it is still pretty white. Riverside and painted Post are the more elite areas of Corning, NY. Montour Falls is sort of a “red neck” town that is also still pretty white.”