Hinsdale, New York

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Hinsdale is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 2,270 at the 2000 census. The town was named after another location: Hinsdale, New Hampshire.

The Town of Hinsdale is at the eastern border of Cattaraugus County, approximately north-northeast of Olean.

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History

Hinsdale was found by Indians back in the late 18th century and when the Indians did not follow a certain code, they were wiped out and Hinsdale was left as flat land, and a burial ground for Indians. Today it is not uncommon to find archeologists scouring the land in search of Native American relics.

Of course when a settler named Zachariah Noble found Hinsdale in the early 19th century, he had no idea what had transpired. So in the year of 1820, Hinsdale was formed from the Town of Olean. It was named for Hinsdale, New Hampshire.[1] The Town of Ischua was made in 1846 from part of Hinsdale.

Around 1840, a developer attempted to make a larger community out of Hinsdale village and Scotts Corners, but nothing ever came of the scheme.

Maplehurst and Haskell Flatts are also part of Hinsdale.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.8 square miles (100.4 km²), of which, 38.8 square miles (100.4 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

The Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86 and New York State Route 17) passes across the town. New York State Route 16 is a major trunk road in the town and partially follows the same path as the Exprssway. New York State Route 446 crosses the northeast part of the town and has its western terminus in the community of Maplehurst.

The eastern town line is the border of Allegany County, New York.

Adjacent towns and areas

The Town of Hindale is south of the Town of Ischua and north of the Towns of Olean and Portville. The west border is formed by the towns of Humphrey and Allegany. The east border is formed by the Towns of Cuba and Clarksville in Allegany County.

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