Massena is a town named after Andre Massena, the general of
Napoleon Bonaparte. It's first settlers came in from Vermont.
Massena was known for its mineral springs in the early 1800's,
during which time there were several large hotels built to
house the travelers who came for the springs benefits. Up
until the early 1900's the town of Massena flourished as a
Then, in 1900, Henry H. Warren was responsible for the creation
of a power canal connecting the Grasse River and the St. Lawrence
River. This power source was the reason for the Aluminum Company
of America (then know as the Pittsburgh Reduction Company)
to build in 1902, which started Massena's progress into the
first part of the 20th century.
Then, during the 1950's, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and Power
Project were responsible for the next three industries; the
ALCOA expansion, construction of a Reynolds Metals facility,
and an aluminum castings plant of the General Motors Powertrain
Division. These companies provide jobs for many of the people
in this area.
Recently, there has been a development of shopping centers;
The St. Lawrence Centre, Walmart, Central Tractor, and BJ's
This scenic town, which is only a short distance from the
Adirondack Mountains, and very close to the Canadian border,
has enjoyed a rich and colorful history. Don't forget to visit
this unique town on your next vacation.
Coming soon a list of more information for this New York area.
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