Place:Bolivar, Allegany, New York, United States


Coordinates42.067°N 78.166°W
Located inAllegany, New York, United States

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Bolivar a village in Allegany County, New York, United States. The village is in the northwest part of the town of Bolivar and is east of Olean. The population of the village was 1,047 at the 2010 census. It is named after Simón Bolívar.


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The first building on the future site of the village, a log cabin, was erected around 1820. The village of Bolivar was incorporated in 1882.

As "the heart of the Allegany Oil Field", the Bolivar-Richburg area rose to significance during the oil boom era of the late 1800s. During the brief initial oil boom of the 1880s it was purportedly the wealthiest locale, per capita, in the United States. By the early 1900s the initial boom, with its economic and population impacts, had significantly faded, but secondary oil recovery techniques applied to the oil fields (starting around 1920) drastically rejuvenated the industry in the area. By the early 1930s Bolivar village boasted an imposing new school, well-paved streets, a modern sewage treatment facility, and a thriving Main Street economy.

The village and town of Bolivar adopted the description "Land of the Deer and the Derrick" in the mid-1900s.

The village is home to the high school of the Bolivar-Richburg Central School District, which merged in the fall of 1994.

The Bolivar Free Library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

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