Place:Attica, Wyoming, New York, United States

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NameAttica
TypeVillage
Coordinates42.865°N 78.277°W
Located inWyoming, New York, United States
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Attica is a village in Wyoming County, New York. The population was 2,547 at the 2010 census. It is named after a region in Greece.

The Village of Attica is on the northern border of Wyoming County. The village lies mostly within the Town of Attica, but the northern part of the village is within the adjacent Town of Alexander in Genesee County.

Attica Correctional Facility and Wyoming Correctional Facility are located south of the village in the Town of Attica.

History

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Zerah Phelps was the first landowner in the Attica area, in 1802. He later became the first business owner in Attica, owning a gristmill. By 1810 the settlement grew into a town, but malaria and plague drove the settlers to higher ground. During the War of 1812 many people fled to the area from Buffalo. In 1837, Phelps' Settlement was incorporated becoming the Village of Attica.

In 1854, Dr. Davis established his health institute that people traveled to from around the country for treatment. In 1883, Eugene Norton created a cheese factory that became known as The Pineapple Cheese Factory. In 1918 the company's molds and patents were sold to the Kraft Cheese Company. The Stevens Family has owned some very prestigious livestock and one of their horses took first prize at the World's Fair. Agriculture remains an important aspect of the community.

As New York State began to expand its penal system, a group of citizens worked to get a state prison in Attica. In March 1929, roughly were acquired for the prison and construction began in October. After two years the first inmates were transferred to Attica.

In 1957, The Attica Rodeo and Show Association was formed. Every year a rodeo is held at the rodeo grounds in Attica. It has been said to be one of the best in the eastern United States.

The Exchange Street Historic District, Augustus A. Smith House and U.S. Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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