Arts, Culture & History

Arts, Culture & History

Arts, Culture & History Events

Allegany Area Historical Association presents "The Underground Railroad in Olean and Cattaraugus County"

Underground Railroad in Olean talk at Allegany Heritage Center
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The Allegany Area Historical Asscoiation will meet on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00PM at the Heritage Center, 25 North Second Street. Della Moore, Executive Director of the African American Center for Cultural Development will give a talk about the Underground Railroad in Olean and Cattaraugus County.

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2018 Amish Relief Auction

2018 Amish Relief Auction Cherry Creek
Sat, 05/26/2018 - 7:30am - 5:00pm

Experience a special day of Amish life in the country, with this auction full of Amish made furniture, tables, chairs, rockers, clocks, quilts, rugs, wall hangings, many handmade items, animals, outdoor items, farm equipment, gift certificates and much more!

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Four Mile Brewing Musical Benefit Performance for the African American Center for Cultural Development

Four Mile Brewing African American Center for Cultural Development
Sat, 05/26/2018 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

There will be a special musical performance at Four Mile Brewing Company to benefit the African American Center for Cultural Development.  Stop down, grab a brew and a bite to eat and listen to great music. 

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Leon's Annual Memorial Day Parade

Leon NY Memorial Day Parade
Mon, 05/28/2018 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From "Soldier to Pioneer"!  The public is welcome to line up for the parade and cheer for the local floats and marching band!  In the concluding ceremony of the Memorial Day Parade, Myra Johnston, describes the role her ancestor, Revolutionary War Veteran James Franklin and others like him, played in the first settlement of New York State.

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Gowanda's Hollywood Happening 2018 - 20th year of this Motorcycle Event!

2018 Hollywood Happening
Fri, 06/01/2018 - 6:00pm - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 6:00pm

Every spring thousands of people travel to Gowanda to look at the rows of motorcycles that line the closed main street, enjoy the music and the food and celebrate the beginning of bike season in Western New York. It’s an event with no gate fee.

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Investigate with Dustin Pari at the Haunted Hinsdale House

Dustin Pari at the Haunted Hinsdale House
Fri, 06/01/2018 - 7:00pm - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:00pm

The Hinsdale House Restoration Project presents this once in a lifetime chance to join this ghost investigation with Dustin Pari from GHOST HUNTERS tv show on the SYFY Channel, at

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Nature Journaling with Pfeiffer Nature Center

Nature Journaling at Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Pfeiffer Nature Center is where Science, Art, and Nature come together. Pfeiffer Nature Center is honored to have local wildlife artist Jennifer Miller, 2015/2016 Federal Duck Stamp Artist and Pfeiffer Nature Center volunteer with us to explore all three at once with nature drawing/journaling!

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Heritage Day at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

Seneca Museum Heritage Day 2018
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Join the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum for a day of Seneca Heritage!  Celebrate the rich heritage of the Seneca-Iroquois people, there will be artists and craftors demonstrating and selling their work, an Atlatl competition, Traditional Foods contest, Storytelling, Traditional Dancing, local groups fundraisers, and Robert Griffing displaying his Artwor

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Free Saturday Activities at Griffis Sculpture Park

Griffis Sculpture Park Saturday activities schedule
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Aug 25 2018 .
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 06/09/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 06/23/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 07/07/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 07/14/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 07/28/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 08/04/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sat, 08/25/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Griffis Sculpture Park will host free outdoor activities every Saturday at noon starting in June.

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2018 St. Mary of the Angels Basilica Fest

2018 St. Mary's Basilica Fest
Sat, 06/09/2018 - 12:00pm - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 6:00pm

Join us as we celebrate our second Festival as a BASILICA since Pope Francis' historic designation in 2017.  We are honored as a parish community to host the public on our grounds for 2 big days!  Food, live entertainment, Children's games and bounce houses, Irish Dancers, AOH Sunday Chicken BBQ, concessions, Raffle for $10,000

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Flag Day Celebration at Cadiz Cemetery

Flag Day Celebration Cadiz Cemetery in Franklinville
Sun, 06/10/2018 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The Ischua Valley Historical Society will host The Fourth Annual Cadiz Flag Day event on Sunday, June 10th at the Cadiz Cemetery.  The Ischua Valley Historical Society invites the public to join in celebrating our flag and remembering the sacrifices made by many in Her honor.  The public is invited to share in the festivities that will begin with a communi

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Earth Spirit Educational Services and Timber Wolves at the Nannen Arboretum

Timberwolf program at Nannen Arboretum
Wed, 06/13/2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Earth Spirit Educational Services provides diverse environmental education programs to the general public reconnecting them to the natural world through enhanced awareness, appreciation and understanding which fosters a relationship of responsible stewardship with all of Nature.  They will talk about Timber Wolves utilizing mounts, furs, skulls,

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Summer at the Stone House 2018

Repeats every 2 weeks until Thu Aug 23 2018 .
Thu, 06/14/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 06/28/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 08/23/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Summer at the Stone House 2018 will occurr every 2nd and 4th Thursdays, June through August at 7:00pm at the Cattaraugus County Museum.

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Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino presents "The Machine"

The Machine at Seneca Allegany Casino
Fri, 06/15/2018 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Don’t miss an incredible live show on the outdoor stage!  For over 28 years, America’s premier Pink Floyd experience has touched the hearts and souls of countless fans selling out huge venues all across the globe.

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Randolph's 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival 2018

Randolph's Arts and Crafts Festival 2018
Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Held along Randolph’s beautiful, historic Main Street, Randolph’s 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place rain or shine on Saturday, June 16th!

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Ellicottville Paddle Festival with Adventure Bound on the Fly

PaddleFestival 2018 in Ellicottville
Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:00pm - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 3:00pm

Come join us for this two day event. Saturday afternoon join us at Spruce Lake after the Holiday Valley Mud run for SUP and kayak paddling, music, food and fun. On Sunday morning come to our demo/paddle center 1 mile from the village of Ellicottville where we will have SUP's and Kayak's on hand for demo along with paddle clinics, seminars, SUP yoga and kids events.

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Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino presents Martina McBride & Mark Wills

Seneca Allegany Casino presents Martina McBride
Sat, 06/16/2018 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Martina McBride hails as one of Nashville’s legendary country singers and record producers. Growing up on a farm she learned to love country music and later moved to Nashville to pursue her career. Signing to her first label in 1991, she made her debut the following year with her first single “The Time Has Come”.

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Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Adventure Bound on the Fly

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboard Classes Ellicottville
Sun, 06/17/2018 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  Come join us for 90 minutes of fun and instruction. This class is designed for the first time SUP paddler but also can be a great class to improve your basic paddling and manuevering skills.

We will cover:
BASIC SUP STROKES:
Forward Stroke (aka J-stroke)
Reverse Stroke
Sweep Stroke
Reverse Sweep Stroke

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Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Adventure Bound on the Fly

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboard Classes Ellicottville
Sat, 06/23/2018 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  Come join us for 90 minutes of fun and instruction. This class is designed for the first time SUP paddler but also can be a great class to improve your basic paddling and manuevering skills.

We will cover:
BASIC SUP STROKES:
Forward Stroke (aka J-stroke)
Reverse Stroke
Sweep Stroke
Reverse Sweep Stroke

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"Oh What A Night!" at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

Oh What A Night Tour at Seneca Allegany Casino
Tue, 06/26/2018 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

OH WHAT A NIGHT! is an exciting musical revue show which features songs such as, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, Let Hang On and Who Loves You along with many more hits from the dynamic songbook of those boys from Jersey, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.  OH WHA

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Ellicottville's Summer Music Festival 2018

Ellicottville Summer Music Festival 2018
Fri, 06/29/2018 - 3:00pm - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 11:00pm

Join us this Independence Day Weekend, when the first fairway at Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course becomes one of the best outdoor concert venues in the region.

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Juneteenth Festival with the African American Center for Cultural Development

Juneteenth Celebration in Olean 2018
Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:00am - 7:00pm

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

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Independence Day Celebration at Allegany State Park

2018 Independence Day at Allegany State Park
Tue, 07/03/2018 - 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Grab your lawn chairs and head to Allegany State Park’s Quaker Beach area to celebrate our nation’s independence! The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. on July 3rd with a chicken barbecue (until sold out).  Later on, listen to live music, enjoy vendors and spend time at the beach! 

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Ghost Hunting Evening at The Hinsdale House with Coyote Chris Sutton and Chuck Banks

Coyote Chris and Chuck Banks at the Hinsdale House
Sat, 07/14/2018 - 7:00pm - 11:59pm

Investigate the Spiritual Side of The Hinsdale House with Shaman Chris Sutton and Psychic Medium Chuck Banks. Both are from the Midwest. They will be making a once in a lifetime stop in WNY for one night only.

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Pfeiffer Nature Center's Historic Chestnut Cabin Open House 2018

Historic Chestnut Cabin at Pfeiffer 2018
Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Enjoy a visit to the Pfeiffer cabin which is listed on the national and state registers of historic places.  The American Chestnut cabin is a very well preserved specimen of rustic style whose basic integrity has remained unchanged since its 1939/1940 construction.  The cabin is a true gem of the Lillibridge preserve and an indoor exploration is not to be missed! 

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Marvin "Joe" Curry Veterans Pow Wow 2018

2018 Seneca Marvin "Joe" Curry Pow Wow
Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:00am - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 10:00pm

A nationwide and international audience will once again convene in Salamanca for one of the most grand and enthusiastic celebrations of Native American culture.  This is North America's Biggest Smoke Dance Contest.  There will be other dance styles as well including Fancy, Grass, Traditional, and Jingle. 

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2018 "Rock the Park" at Allegany State Park

2018 Rock the Park at Allegany State Park
Fri, 07/20/2018 - 3:00pm - 9:00pm

It’s a Friday in July. Oh what to do? Head to Allegany State Park for “Rock the Park” celebrating its 7th year! This year’s event takes place on July 20th at its home at the Quaker Beach area.

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2018 St. John's Festival

2018 St. John's Festival in Olean
Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:30am - 11:00pm

Come be Italian for the day or two in Olean.  Enjoy Italian-American cuisine, food, and live music.  Kids games, games of chance, more food and more music!  Adding some "Polish" cuisine this year as well as pull tabs, gambling, dancing and more fun!!  Live music will have you entertained into the evening hours. 

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2018 Southern Tier Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert, hosted by MAJ Patrick Miller

Wounded Warrior Concert Allegany 2018
Sat, 07/21/2018 - 3:00pm - 10:00pm

The 2nd annual Southern Tier Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert will be held Saturday, July 21st this year at the Allegany Fireman's Park.  All money raised (100% NET) at this event will be donated to Wounded Warriors and Homeless Veterans.  Live music on stage throughout the day including Dylan Scott as the headliner, and Eric Va

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2018 Taste of Olean/Art in the Park

2016 Taste
"Art in the Park" by Susan Andrews
Sun, 07/22/2018 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

"Art in the Park" by Susan Andrews
If the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then Olean is a destination visitors are sure to love the Taste of Olean on July 22nd. Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 69th Annual Art in the Park and the 28th Annual Taste of Olean.

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Ellicottville's 2018 Jazz and Blues Weekend

Ellicottville Jazz and Blues Weekend
Fri, 07/27/2018 - 5:00pm - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 1:00am

A Jazz and Blues Weekend in Ellicottville is a boutique experience.  Wander through the village and choose from a variety of Jazz and Blues performance areas ranging from restaurants, bars & nightclubs and street-side July 27-29, 2018.  Ellicottville has the shops and all the facilities you’d expect in an international class resort, the village is self-contained – all of the

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OnoFest 2018

Woman relaxing by the water at Onoville Marina during OnoFest
vendors at OnoFest
Performance by at the 2017 OnoFest
Vendors and pavilion at 2010 OnoFest
View inland from the shore of Onoville Marina
Sat, 07/28/2018 - 12:00pm - 9:30pm

Fun in the sun with live music, food/craft vendors, RVs and Boats on display, exhibits, activities and fireworks! It costs only $10 a car load- so bring a big vehicle and pack friends and family in!

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"Beauty and the Beast" at the Ray Evans Seneca Theater

Beauty and the Beast at the Ray Evans Seneca Theater
Fri, 08/10/2018 - 7:00pm - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 5:00pm

Join us, in our third production of the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association's 2018 season!  Beauty and the Beast follows Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle.

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Rally in the Valley 2018

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:00pm - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Bikes are back in town!  Gowanda Harley Davidson, and the "Enchanted Mountain Motorcycle Enthusiasts" will be hosting the 16th Annual Rally in the Valley Aug. 15-19 in Allegany's Firemans Park.

Proceeds from the event benefit a host of community charities.  

 

Stay tuned for more details.

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Country Gatherings Festival

front entryway photo by John Hartig Photography
Sat, 08/18/2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

A unique family event held many times a year on the property of Granny's Boot Antiques home of Grevpode Gallery.

This August 18th Outdoor Themed festival will have garden exhibits, outdoor demonstrations and artisans.

Live Musical Performances

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Town of Little Valley Bicentennial

Town of Little Valley Bicentennial 2018
Sat, 08/25/2018 - 12:00pm - Sun, 08/26/2018 - 4:00pm

A BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION is being planned to celebrate the Town of Little Valley's 200th Birthday!  The celebration begins on August 25, 2018 and continue into the 26th with a parade and closing ceremony!  Craft (prefer actual handmade) and food vendors will be located in the Park. 

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2018 Cadiz Heritage Day

2017 Cadiz Heritage Day
Sat, 09/08/2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Have some old-fashioned fun on Cadiz Heritage Day to be held at the Howe-Prescott House with cultural demonstrations and food!

Watch apple cider being pressed, a blacksmith making tools, and butter churning. Learn about quilting, crop harvesting and more skills necessary in the 1800s.  There will also be historical items on display; like antique engines and so much more! 

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Ellicottville's 2018 Rock 'n Roll Weekend

Ellicottville Rock 'n Roll Weekend
Fri, 09/14/2018 - 2:00pm - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 10:00pm

Don’t miss this fun-filled Rock N Roll Weekend, presented by Northtown Auto that kicks off Friday,

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Artisan Fall Market at Grevpode Gallery

Granny's Boot Antiques
Sat, 09/15/2018 (All day)

Celebrate the season with Deb and staff at Granny's Boot Antiques for the Fall Artisan Festival.

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Pfeiffer Nature Center's 4 Season Photo Contest

Female Chestnust Sided Warbler by Jennifer Miller
Sat, 09/22/2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Pfeiffer Nature Center is pleased to announce our photography contest and show!  There are four categories for entries:  Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer!  This contest is open to all ages.

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"My Mothers Italian, My Fathers Jewish, and I Am Still in Therapy" at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

My Mothers Jewish at the Seneca Allegany Casino
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Still in Therapy! The next session of laughs - In this hysterical prequel, we go back with Steve from his baby years with his twin sister right up to the present.

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Ellicottville's 2018 Fall Festival

Ellicottville's Fall Festival
Sat, 10/06/2018 - 10:00am - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 5:00pm

On October 6th and 7th, 2018, come to Ellicottville’s Fall Festival; the oldest and largest, takes place when the foliage of the surrounding hills are ablaze with color!  Tens of thousands of festival goers make for a lively weekend of unique foods, fine art, and an arts and craft show, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more.

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2018 Pfeiffer Fall Festival

Pfeiffer Nature Center's Fall Fest
Sat, 10/06/2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Delight in an afternoon of nature with your children or grandchildren at the Lillibridge preserve while engaging in many fun fall activities.  Enjoy cider and doughnuts, “train” rides, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, and trick or treating along the interpretive trail.  Costumes are encouraged to add to the fun! 

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Christmas in the Park at Allegany State Park

Christmas at Allegany State Park
Sat, 12/01/2018 - 1:00pm - 5:30pm

Celebrate Christmas in Allegany State Park!  The holidays are fast approaching and there's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by spending some time in Allegany State Park!

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Holiday Valley's 2018/2019 New Years Eve Celebration and Torchlight Parade

Torchlight parade at Holiday Valley
Mon, 12/31/2018 - 9:00pm - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 1:00am

Join in the fun from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM on December 31 with a family friendly event on the Holiday Valley Lodge main floor, and an adult party in the T-Bar on the top floor. The Lodge is the perfect location to view the torchlight parade on Cindy's Run at 11:15 and the fireworks at 11:45 with the Grand Finale at midnight!

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Travel Guide

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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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