Hometown Views: Belmont, a village of "beautiful hills" in Allegany County
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Monday, October 28, 2019
You'll find Belmont — the county seat of Allegany County since 1859 — southeast of Buffalo and northeast of Olean. Laid out in 1833, this village was originally known as Philipsville. In 1870, a group of citizens voted to rename it after the French word for "beautiful hills." Belmont is a village with a quaint business district that lines the sidewalks with planters filled with flowers. On a warm afternoon you will find the doors to businesses wide open to welcome customers. It is also a place that honors its war heroes with flags and monuments. Divided by the Genesee River the village is at the junctions of state roads Route 19 and Route 24.