Salamanca in Cattaraugus County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sweet Water Spring
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.
In 1926 during the construction of a scenic highway from Salamanca to the Red House valley, the spring surfaced farther doen the hill. Its channel was reopened and the water rerouted to an area carved from the steep bank. On June 9, 1927, the Allegany State Park Commission authorizaed 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 Salamanca residents and to all who would come to enjoy it. By January 1929, all work on the project was completed.
The design for the fountain and semi-circular basin at the spring's base, seen in this 1933 photograph,
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, where visitors picniced and enjoyed the view.
In 2008, on National Public Lands Day, volunteers cleared away the weeds and debris from Sweet Water. Theirs was the first project undertaken at the spring since 1964, when a State Youth Opportunity Camp repaired the reservoir, replaced about 500 feet of pipe, and re-laid the stone wall.
The Allegany Historical Society replaced the old Sweet Water Spring sign, and on May 5, 2012, crews weeded the fountain and surrounding area as part of the first-ever I Love My Park Day activities. They also removed gravel at the foot of the structure and revealed its stone base.
Albert T. Fancher, the first chairman of the Allegany Park Commission, served from 1921 until 1930.
[original 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
Location. 42° 8.329′ N, 78° 42.819′ W. Marker is in Salamanca, New Touch 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); Allegany State Park's Camp Allegany (approx. 2.8 miles away); Ski Jumping (approx. 3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.
Also see . . . Sweet Water Spring - You Tube. A short vignette of the site by Paul Crawford of the Friends of Allegany State Park. (Submitted on June 30, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 481 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on June 30, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 2. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. 3. submitted on June 30, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.