Machias, New York

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Machias is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 2,482 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Machias is an interior town in the northeast quadrant of the county. It is northeast of the city of Salamanca.



The Town of Machias was first settled around 1813 and was established in 1827 from the Town of Yorkshire. In 1847, Machias was increased by additional territory from the Town of Yorkshire. Machias received its name from Maine settlers.


The town is located at 42°25′10″N 78°29′40″W / 42.41944°N 78.49444°W / 42.41944; -78.49444Coordinates: 42°25′10″N 78°29′40″W / 42.41944°N 78.49444°W / 42.41944; -78.49444.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.1 square miles (106.5 km²), of which, 40.6 square miles (105.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.24%) is water.

New York State Route 16 intersects New York State Route 242 at Machias village.

The Town of Machias straddles the border of the Mississippi River Drainage Basin, with waters flowing out of Lime Lake flowing north and then west to Lake Erie and eventually the Saint Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic Ocean, and waters of Ischua creek, less than one mile south of Lime Lake, flowing south towards the Allegheny River and eventually the Mississippi and Gulf of Mexico.

Ischua Creek flows past the south part of Machias village.

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