In the 1840s, the Erie Railroad construction, which runs along the floor of the Canisteo Valley, began.
The first train traveled through the valley on May 14, 1851, opening the region to industry and shipping. The town grew rapidly, and several hamlets sprung up within the township. In the 1930s, an alfalfa farmer planted Scotch pines on the hillside overlooking the valley, spelling out the name Canisteo to the world; the sign appeared in a Ripley's Believe It or Not book. Today, Canisteo is a bedroom community, as most residents enjoy the peacefulness of the valley they call home while traveling to surrounding communities to work. Local farms produce cattle and crops while many visitors come for the hunting.
Author: Steve Cotton
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 9.10h x 6.50w x 0.40d
About the Author
Cotton, Steve: - Steve Cotton is an avid genealogist with a love for local history. Over the years, he has researched and presented upon many historical events in the Steuben County area. An active member of the Kanestio Historical Society since 1990, he has served as president and is currently acting as treasurer and editor. In his years of service to the community, he has compiled several books on the town's cemeteries. Steve has spent years gathering some of the best photographs from the past to give a fascinating narration of Canisteo's history.