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Salamanca, New York, USA - Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburg Station, Salamanca, N.Y.

What is now known as the city of Salamanca was originally two separate communities, one on Little Valley Creek and the other on Great Valley Creek; the westernmost one of the two was called "Hemlock", a name derived from the numerous hemlock trees throughout the surrounding mountains. Hemlock was later renamed "West Salamanca" and (although it was marked on road signs as late as the 1990s) was eventually incorporated into the single city of Salamanca. The city was incorporated in 1913.

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1888 - Feb. 10 - Three persons fatally injured in railroad wreck at Salamanca, N. Y.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 5, 1889
1888 - At Salamanca, N. Y. , a fire on the 29th ult. destroyed the opera-house, the post-office and other buildings, causing a heavy loss.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 3, 1888
1889 - Salamanca's Streets Washed.
SALAMANCA, June 5. - People moved out in boats from their houses on William, Water and Allegany streets and the lower end of river street. The iron bridge is unsafe, and no one is allowed to cross it except on urgent business. All churches except the Catholic were closed on Sunday, and the schools are closed. J. G. Fitt's saw mill is badly damaged, and many thousand feet of lumber went down stream. Patterson Bros.' mill and lumber yard on River street were entirely surrounded by torrents of water. All the gardens along the river are washed out.
The Olean Democrat
Olean, New York
June 6, 1889
1895 - Salamanca
Salamanca, a post-village in Salamanca township, Cattaraugus co., N.Y., on the Alleghany River, and on the Erie Railroad, 46 miles E.S.E. of Dunkirk, 108 miles S.W. of Rochester, and 34 miles E. of Jamestown. It is the N.E. terminus of the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad, and the S.W. terminus of the Rochester & State Line Rail road. It has a graded school, a bank, a newspaper office, a tannery, and several saw-mills, and is mainly supported by the lumber-business. Here are machine-shops of the railroad companies. Pop. in 1880, 2531; in 1890, 3692.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Salamanca, a banking post-village in Salamanca township (town), Cattaraugus oo., N.Y., on the Alleghany River and on the Erie and other railroads, 34 miles E. of Jamestown. It has extensive lumbering and manufacturing interests and railroad repair-shops. Pop. in 1900, 4251 ; of the town, 5174.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1913 - Salamanca - incorporated in 1913

1923 - FIRE LEAVES PATH OF RUINS IN SALAMANCA. BUSINESS AREA AND RESIDENCES BURNED; 5 HURT. MANY OVERCOME BY SMOKE AND HEAT AS CONFLAGRATION SWEEPS SALAMANCA, BLASTS SPREAD FLAMES.
3 FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE CALLED TO SCENE.

CITY HALL, THEATERS AND BIG BUILDINGS LAID WASTE; DAMAGE PLACED AT BETWEEN $500,000 AND $1,000,000.

Salamanca, July 21. - Following a trail of flaring oil and gasoline and urged on its way by a strong west wind, the most disastrous fire in the history of the city swept through business and residential districts today, to subside only after having reduced a wide swath in the downtown section to charred ruins. Damage was variously estimated tonight from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

The west side of Main Street from the river to Broad Street was swept clear of standing structures with the exception of one garage, which was badly damaged but did not collapse. The east side of Main Street half a block of business structures was burned over and the flames ate their way into the residential section in Clinton Street, which joins the business district near the scene of the fire's inception.

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1936 - T. J. DOTSON IS BADLY HURT - Suffers Fracture of Skull in Fall from Top of Locomotive in Yards Here.
Thomas J. Dotson, about 38 years old, of 263 Wildwood avenue, suffered a fracture of the skull when he fell about 12 feet from the top of a locomotive tender in the Erie railroad yards Sunday morning at 5:55.

Dotson, a fireman on the railroad, was on the tender alone while water was being poured into the tank. The locomotive had not moved, it is said.

Shopmen picked Dotson up and rushed him to the hospital.

Reports there today were that Dotson has only a small skull fracture and is expected to recover, Erie railroad officials said.
Republican Press
Salamanca, New York
June 1, 1936
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Salamanca:
Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino:

Try your luck at the casino, enjoy live entertainment, and indulge in dining options at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino.

Allegany State Park:

Explore the stunning Allegany State Park, known for its hiking trails, biking paths, and scenic beauty. The park offers opportunities for camping, fishing, and wildlife watching.

Thunder Mountain Buffet:

Indulge in a delicious meal at the Thunder Mountain Buffet, located within the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino. It offers a variety of cuisines to satisfy different tastes.

St. Bonaventure University:

Visit the beautiful campus of St. Bonaventure University. Explore the university grounds, including the Chapel, and attend any events or lectures that may be happening.

Seneca Iroquois National Museum:

Learn about the rich history and culture of the Seneca Nation at the Seneca Iroquois National Museum. The museum features exhibits on traditional crafts, historical artifacts, and the... Read MORE...

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