Leon is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York. The name is derived from the former Kingdom of León in Spain, though it is pronounced like the American first name, "Lee-on". The Town of Leon is on the western border of the county, northwest of the City of Salamanca. The west town line is the border of Chautauqua County, New York.
The town was first settled around 1819. The Town of Leon was founded in 1832 from a part of the Town of Conewango.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.3 square miles, of which, 36.3 square miles of it is land and 0.03% is water. The area is 23,023 acres.
The Conewango Creek crosses the northwest part of the town, and Mud Creek flows through the south part of the town. The surface in many parts of the town is broken by moderate hills, but in the northwest and along the western border is level and of a marshy nature. Much of the land here is subject to overflow, and is not valuable for farming purposes.
US Route 62 is a major north-south highway through the western part of the town.
The town of Leon, New York is known for having a large community of Old Order Amish.
In 1818 the first settlers arrived in what is now the town of Leon. Throughout 2018, the bicentennial year of this event, the Leon Historical Society celebrates the town's earliest history with a series of special programs and events.
Leon celebrates its Bicentennial in 2018! Join in the celebration by attending Leon's Old Fashioned Town Picnic at the Leon Fire Hall on Saturday August 18, 2018.
Bring a dish to pass, your lawn chair and get ready for fun at this small town country picnic in Leon in the Amish Country of Cattaraugus County. It's the 76th Anniversary of the Leon Fire Company #1!
Try a NEW learning Experience! Learn a new craft at one of the Leon Historical Society's Amish-English Events. Both English and Amish teachers share their world and skills with you at these events. Please come for the day and enjoy seeing and learning how things are done in the Amish and the Modern world. Learn how to make a basket; applique; or sew a hanging, pie carrie
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The museum is located in the heart of Amish country. There you can see artifacts from Leon's history dating back to the early 1800's, which include Civil War items, photos, farm equipment, clothing and more.
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Rt. 62 is the only east-west route that connects Canada with Mexico.
With its origin at Niagara Falls and end at El Paso, Texas, parts of the road follow the Ozark Trail.
Rt. 62 begins in Cattaraugus County in the Village of Gowanda and travels south through Dayton, Leon and Conewango (through Amish country) before heading west into Chautauqua County.