Gowanda Area Historical Society Museum

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The name "Gowanda" is derived from the Seneca Indian phrase meaning "a valley among the hills," or "under the cliffs," referring to the village's location below the Zoar Valley gorge along Cattaraugus Creek.

Open by appointment only December through April 1st

Photo of Valentine Flats circa 1947 (from Martin Point)
Gowanda Area Historical Society
2 Chestnut Street PO Box 372
Gowanda, NY 14070
United States
Phone: 716-532-4064
42° 27' 32.7528" N, 78° 55' 55.2432" W

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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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