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Sweet Water Spring

 
 
Sweet Water Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, August 15, 2012
1. Sweet Water Spring Marker
As can be seen, the marker has suffered some water damage from the weather. It is unknown by the submitter whether/when/if there are plans to replace the marker. Given the fact that the budget reduced park staff by about half this year, chances are low it will happen soon.
Inscription. The Sweet Water Spring was discovered in the late 1880s when the Patterson Lumber Company, blasting to create a logging road over South Mountain, ruptured an underground vein that produced an abundance of free-flowing water. Work crews enjoyed the sweet, clear water and eventually so did Salamancans, who carried it home in jugs. Years later, the spring became a popular picnicking spot. At one side of the fountain, the spring water was piped to a faucet attached to the stone wall. Stone steps were constructed to either side of the structure to provide access to the small platform at the top of the waterfall. The area above the fountain is cleared and flat so they would climb up there to picnic. There was a nice view from there since the land drops away on the other side of the road. In 1926 during the construction of a scenic highway, the spring surfaced further down the hill. Its channel was reopened and the water rerouted to an area carved form the steep bank. On June 9, 1927, the Allegany Park Commission authorized the construction of a well curb and fountain at that location. Three months later Senator Albert T. Fancher, chair of the commission dedicated the Sweet Water Spring to the residents of Salamance and to all the people who would come and enjoy it. Work on the project was completed by January 1929. Legend has it that the
Sweet Water Spring Marker as seen facing north image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, August 15, 2012
2. Sweet Water Spring Marker as seen facing north
Sweet Water Spring gets its name from a Buffalo druggist who was in the area searching for gold with Mr. Kysorm then owner of the land. Evidently when the druggist tasted the water, he pronounced it "sweet."
 
Location. 42° 8.329′ N, 78° 42.819′ W. Marker is in Salamanca, New York, in Cattaraugus County. Marker is on Park Road one mile north of Stone Tower Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salamanca NY 14779, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fire Observation Stations: / Fire Tower is Reborn (approx. 1.1 miles away); In Memory of Our Dead Comrades (approx. 1.4 miles away); Dedicated to Those from the Salamanca Area (approx. 1.7 miles away); From the Mountains of Afghanistan (approx. 1.7 miles away); These Gates Erected by Salamanca (approx. 1.7 miles away); Ski Jumping (approx. 3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 3.2 miles away); Weather Station (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salamanca.
 
Regarding Sweet Water Spring. When I visited this summer, there was no water running in the fountain. I did not have a chance to ask about why this might be.
 
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Sweet Water Spring Marker as seen facing south image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, August 15, 2012
3. Sweet Water Spring Marker as seen facing south
Sweet Water Spring from a distance image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, August 15, 2012
4. Sweet Water Spring from a distance
Sweet Water Spring closer view image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, August 15, 2012
5. Sweet Water Spring closer view
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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