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A Short History by Dave Pavlock

Salamanca...a city built on the Seneca Indian Reservation, is on the Allegany River, and is the gateway to the Allegany State Park, which is 65, 000 acres and is the largest state park in NYS. Salamanca, named after Salamanca Spain, was a growing small industrial and railroading community a hundred years ago. It hosted rail yards for the Erie and B & O railroads, furniture factories, and a tannery that attracted newly arriving Europeans. An Indian Museum, and railroad museum, are sited in Salamanca. It is close to skiing areas at Allegany State Park and Holiday Valley in Ellicottville.

The population has dwindled from 10,000 to about 6,500 over the years. Two cemeteries in Salamanca, are of interested to those chasing their roots. The Catholic Cemetery is Calvary, operated by Saint Patrick's Church. The Protestant cemetery is Wildwood Cemetery. Salamanca has a daily newspaper, formerly the Salamanca Republican Press and now called the Salamanca Press, microfilm available at the Salamanca Public Library on Wildwood Ave. For a more complete history read the transcribed History of Salamanca from the 1893 Gazatteer

City Officials
City Historian City Clerk
James Griffith
125 Main St.
Salamanca, NY 14779
(716) 945-2946
Tracy Chamberlain
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4 PM
Municipal Building
Salamanca, NY 14779
(716) 945-4620 (B)
From Cattaraugus County Directory, dated April 1, 202
Salamanca Town Officials
Town Historian Town Clerk
William E. Goodman
8558 W. Bucktooth Run Rd.
Little Valley, NY 14755
(716) 945-5074 (H)
Shelley L. Bryant
Hours: Wed. 4-7 PM, 2nd Sat. 9AM-Noon,
Additional hours by appointment

8828 Sawmill Run Rd.
Little Valley, NY 14755
(716) 945-4775 (B) (716) 378-7924 (C)
From Cattaraugus County Directory, dated April 1, 2022

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Salamanca Cemeteries

Crawford Cemetery Little Valley Rd, @ W. Salamanca Unknown
Calvery Cemetery Wildwood Ave, St Patrick R.C. Church Unknown
Wildwood Cemetery Salamanca Unknown