TOWN OF SALAMANCA

1882 Salamanca Photo
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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 rial 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

Historian

Clerk

April M. Vecchiarella
225 Wildwood Ave. 
Salamanca, NY 14779
716-945-4620 (B) 716-945-3702 (H)
April M. Vecchiarella
225 Wildwood Ave. 
Salamanca, NY 14779
716-945-4620 (B) 716-945-3702 (H)
Town Officials

Historian

Clerk

William Goodman
8558 W Bucktooth Run
Little Valley, New York 14755
716-945-5074
Virginia P. Rider
4265 Center St. Extension
Salamanca, NY 14779
(716) 945-4775 (B) - (716) 945-3365 (H)
Information from 2008 Cattaraugus County Directory

Database of Salamanca Alumni  

Surnames people are researching from this town

  • CHRISTIAN by Debbie Odasso
  • CHRISTIAN by ANN ASHWORTH
  • PAWLAK, EMBORSKY, KEHOE, PETERSTON and HANSON by Dave Pavlock
  • PERRIGO by Richard Allen
  • Database of Polish Families from Salamanca by Dave Pavlock


  • Cemeteries

    Salamanca

    Cemeteries
    NAME LOCATION  CONTACT
    Crawford Cemetery Little Valley Rd, @ W. Salamanca Unknown
    Calvery Cemetery Wildwood Ave, St Patrick R.C. Church Unknown
    Wildwood Cemetery Salamanca Unknown
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    Updated 06/10/2008