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Port Byron

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Port Byron is a village in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,290 at the 2010 census. It is in the town of Mentz north of Auburn.The local school is the Port Byron Central School District. Byron, a small town in southeastern Minnesota, was named after Port Byron, the name being suggested by George W. Van Dusen, a grain dealer who was formerly from Port Byron.HistorySettlers began arriving around 1797. Originally known as "Bucksville", the name was changed to Port Byron in 1825 as it became a port on the Erie Canal. It has been suggested that the new name may have been chosen in reference to Lord Byron, the English romantic poet who had died the previous year, however there is no definitive proof of this. Later, when the canal route was changed in 1856, the village was a railroad town. The village was incorporated in 1837.The Erie Canal Lock 52 Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
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