Mansfield is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York. The name was thought to be that of a noble family in England.
The Town of Mansfield is centrally located in Cattaraugus County, north of Salamanca
The area was first settled around 1817. The Town of Mansfield was formed in 1830 from part of the Town of Little Valley. The town was first called "Cecilius." The name "Mansfield" was adopted in 1831.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.6 square miles, of which, 39.6 square miles of it is land and 0.03% is water.
The town is primarily served by county roads; Cattaraugus County Route 14 (Toad Hollow Road) runs from south to north through the town, while Cattaraugus County Route 13 runs west to east in the northern part of the town. New York State Route 242 passes across the southeast corner of the town and New York State Route 353 through a small portion of the southwest corner.
Mansfield Creek flows across the north part of the town, and Little Valley Creek crosses the southwest corner.
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