Persia, New York

Persia is a town in the northwest part of  Cattaraugus County, New York.  

The town was first settled around 1812. The Town of Persia was founded in 1835 from the Town of Perrysburg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.0 square miles, of which, 20.9 square miles of it is land and 0.1 square miles of it (0.29%) is water.

The northern border of the town is partly formed by the Cattaraugus Creek with Erie County, New York on the opposite bank, and the east town line is defined by South Branch (of Cattaraugus Creek).

US Route 62 passes through the northwest corner of the town, and New York State Route 353 passes across the south part of the town. Much of the town is served by the north-to-south Broadway Road (County Road 4), which runs from NY 353 into the village of Gowanda.

Communities and Locations in Persia

  • Gowanda – Part of the Village of Gowanda is located in the northwest corner of the town.
  • Persia – The hamlet of Persia is located south of Gowanda near the west town line.
  • Snyders Corners – A hamlet at the junction of County Road 4 and NY-353 in the south part of the town.
  • Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area – A small part of this conservation area is in the north part of the town.

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Meaning of the word Cattaraugus

CATTARAUGUS, from a Seneca Indian word meaning “bad smelling banks,” referring to the odor of natural gas leaking from rock seams. http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/pdfs/countynames.pdf

The word "Cattaraugus" means "foul-smelling river bank." This name is a result of the natural gas that oozes from the river mud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattaraugus_Creek.

In our opinion, only some of the river banks are bad smelling. Come on over and visit a creek in Cattaraugus County and tell us what you think.

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