Ischua (pronounced ISH-way) is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York.
The Town of Ischua is on the eastern border of the county, north of Olean, New York.
The town was first settled around 1808 by the current community of Ischua. The Town of Ischua was made in 1846 from a division of the Town of Hinsdale. There was previously another "Town of Ischua" in the county, which has now been succeeded by the Town of Franklinville. When first formed, the present Ischua was known as the "Town of Rice." The town had its own post office (zip code 14746) until the early 1990s, when it was merged with Hinsdale's.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.4 square miles, of which, 32.4 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square miles of it (0.06%) is water.
The east town line is the border of Allegany County, New York.
The Ischua Creek flows through the town.
New York State Route 16 is a major north-south highway in the town, and it parallels Ischua Creek through most of the town.
Communities and Locations in Ischua
Oil Springs Reservation is an Indian reservation of the Seneca tribe located in New York. As of the 2000 census, the Indian reservation had a total population of 11, none of whom are Native American. Although the reservation is controlled by the Seneca tribe, as of 2005 no tribal members actually live on the Oil Springs Reservation.
The petroleum-tainted water of the spring was used for the natives medicinally and was known to Jesuit missionaries as early as the 17th century. The Senecas own two tax-free gas stations on the reservation.
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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.
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