Hornell is a city in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 8,563 at the 2010 census. The city is named after the Hornell family, early settlers. The City of Hornell is surrounded by Town of Hornellsville. Hornell is about 55 miles (89 km) south of Rochester and is near the western edge of Steuben County. Hornell is nicknamed the “Maple City” after the large maple trees that once grew throughout the town and covered the surrounding hills of the Canisteo Valley. Hornell has the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade and celebration in the area, bringing many out to welcome spring and show their green. Hornell prides itself in its ever-growing and thriving business district.
Hornell Municipal Airport (KHTF) is located a few miles north of the city on Route 36. The airport has a hard surface runway capable of landing small jets, a rotating beacon and fuel. What is now Hornell was first settled in 1790 under the name “Upper Canisteo”, to distinguish it from the community of Canisteo, then known as “Lower Canisteo”. The family of Benjamin Crosby were the first settlers in what is now Hornell. The area was incorporated as a town in 1820, as “Hornellsville.” The name comes from early settler George Hornell Jr, who built the first gristmill here. The City of Hornell was chartered in 1888 as the “City of Hornellsville,” (having been first organized as the “Village of Hornellsville” in 1852).
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