Akron, New York

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Akron, New York is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was listed as 3,085 in the 2000 census. The name means, A high place. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Village of Akron is located in the Town of Newstead on the west and north slopes of a hill. NY 93 passes through the village.

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History

The village was developed after land was purchased from local Native Americans. The site of the village was first settled around 1829, centered around Akron Falls, which provided water power. Akron became an incorporated village in 1849. The village absorbed the community of Fallkirk in its growth.

In 1880, the population of Akron was about 1,050. It was then an important cement-producing center, due to local deposits of gypsum. Besides production of cement, the village also produced cigars.

Notable residents

  • Dennis E. Nolan, born in Akron, was a career U.S. Army officer and headed the first modern American military combat intelligence function.[1]

Geography

Akron is located at 43°1′10″N 78°29′41″W / 43.01944°N 78.49472°W / 43.01944; -78.49472 (43.019309, -78.494644)[2]. The village is northeast of Buffalo, New York.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²), all of it land.

Akron is adjacent to the Tonawanda Reservation of the Seneca, but most of the reservation is in Genesee County. A small general aviation airport, Akron Airport, is on high ground on the eastern side of the village. Much of Akron Falls County Park is within the village. The falls are a feature of Murder Creek, which passes through the park and the village flowing in a northwesterly direction.

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