Rushford, New York

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Rushford is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 1,259 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Rushford is in the northwest part of Allegany County and is northeast of Olean, New York.

The film Ghost Lake was filmed in Rushford in 2004.



The first settler arrived in 1808. The Town of Rushford was formed in 1816 from part of the Town of Caneadea. Part of Rushford was taken to form the newer Town of New Hudson in 1825.

When Rushford Lake was formed by a dam on Caneadea Creek in 1927, the communities of East Rushford and Kelloggville were flooded by the rising water.

Past Residents of Note

Resident Frank W. Higgins became a governor of New York.

Hiram Bond corporate lawyer, investment banker whose farm in Santa Clara, California was used by Jack London as the opening scene in "The Call of the Wild".

Philip Gordon Wylie, a noted author, married Frederica Ballard who was born and raised in Rushford, New York; they are both buried in Rushford.

Franklin G. Babbitt, US Navy submarine commander, Naval Attaché and Defense Attaché to Moscow, was raised in Rushford. He and his wife Norma are buried in Podonque Cemetery in Rushford.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.5 km²), of which, 35.3 square miles (91.6 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (2.10%) is water.

The western town line is the border of Cattaraugus County (Town of Farmersville).

New York State Route 243 crosses the town (east-west).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,259 people, 479 households, and 346 families residing in the town. The population density was 35.6 people per square mile (13.8/km²). There were 1,394 housing units at an average density of 39.4/sq mi (15.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.97% White, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

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