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The city of Corning, New York is situated in Steuben County. It was first settled in 1696, became a village in 1848, and was incorporated as a city in 1896. It was named in honor of railroad executive and financier Erastus Corning. It is the headquarters of Corning Incorporated, which used to be called Corning Glass Works. The first industry of the city was lumber, and the settlers sued the local river systems to transport logs and finished lumbers downstream. At one time, Corning was home to some of the largest lumber mills in the world. Eventually, however, the trees were depleted and they had to rely on other forms of income, including their canal system. In the 1880s, Corning became a railroad town and the site of a new glass company. Between 1880 and 1915, Corning glass produced the finest American Brilliant Period cut glass in the world.

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