Machias is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York.
The Town of Machias is an interior town in the northeast quadrant of the county. It is northeast of the city of Salamanca.
The Town of Machias was first settled around 1813 and was established in 1827 from the Town of Yorkshire. In 1847, Machias was increased by additional territory from the Town of Yorkshire. Machias received its name from Maine settlers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.1 square miles, of which, 40.6 square miles of it is land and 0.5 square miles of it (1.24%) is water.
New York State Route 16 intersects New York State Route 242 at Machias village.
Ischua Creek flows past the south part of Machias village.
A popular stop in Machias is Lime Lake.
Lime Lake is a small lake located in Machias, NY right next to Route 16.
Fish on Lime Lake for Largemouth Bass, Musky, Walleye, Panfish and Carp. You may also go ice fishing in the winter!
Great place to canoe and kayak during the week. On weekends, there are a lot more people enjoying the lake.
Stop by and see our latest display! We have antique guns, native american artifacts, war-time memorabilia and more!
Looking for information on an ancestor from Cattaraugus County? Contact us for information or stop by to use our research area.
Open Monday through Thursday 9am - 4pm, and the 3rd Saturday of each month through October 10am - 2pm.
The Lime Lake Snack Bar is located on the north-west side of Lime Lake has many great treats for the family.
Sunday - Thursday11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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.
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.