Silver Creek, New York

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Silver Creek is a village located in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2,896. The village is named after a small river that runs through the village.

The Village of Silver Creek is on the shore of Lake Erie and within the Town of Hanover.



The community was first settled around 1803 and the first school house was erected around 1823. In 1822, a famous black walnut tree, measuring about 10 feet in diameter, was blown over in a storm.

The Village of Silver Creek was incorporated in 1848. It was an important port on Lake Erie until railroads reduced shipping.

Silver Creek is home to a Skew Arch Railroad Bridge, one of few bridges in the country built on an angle.

Silver Creek's most famous resident is Howard "Bob" Ehmke. He was the pitching hero of the 1929 World Series. While playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, Ehmke struck out 13 Chicago Cubs in Game 1, a World Series record until 1953.

Former NBA and ABA professional basketball player George Carter is also a Silver Creek Central graduate. Carter starred at St. Bonaventure University and later participated in the 1971 ABA All Star Game.


Silver Creek is located at 42°32'39" North, 79°10'2" West (42.544083, -79.167088)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Silver Creek is part of the Lake Erie Basin. The two creeks in the village, Silver Creek and Walnut Creek, empty into the lake.

Silver Creek is at the junction NYS Route 5 (Central Avenue) and US Route 20 (Main Street) and north of the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90 Exit 58).

Silver Creek is on the New York-to-Chicago Main Line of CSXT and on the New York-Buffalo-Chicago Main Line of the Norfolk Southern Railway.

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