The Salamanca Railroad Museum, Salamanca, New York

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


The United States of America is a nation of big cities, and it is a nation of small towns.  While more people are flocking to the big cities, they are leaving the small towns behind.  In the early days of railroading, the railroad made stops in many of these small towns.  Today, very few small towns are served, and the ones that get service are the ones on the passenger routes between two major cities.


In the western part of the U.S. state of New York, about six miles south of Buffalo and the world-famous Niagara Falls and thirty-five east of the city of Jamestown, the birth city of the famous comedian Lucille Ball, is the city of Salamanca.  What is so special about Salamanca?  It has the claim to fame of being the only city in the United States of America to be completely within an Indian reservation.  The…

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