Sign up for Code Red Emergency Notifications
The Town of Alden is announcing a program to notify residents of disasters and emergencies. The Lancaster Office of Emergency Management performs this service for Alden residents.
As many homes are using cell phones in place of home phones, you may also register a cell phone number.
Part of the Holland Land Purchase in the 1700’s, the Town of Alden records its first resident in 1806. The first village resident was in 1810. Agricultural in nature, the area saw the advent of the railroad in 1843. Early businesses included a cheese factory, glass factory, tannery, wagon shop, sawmill and stores. In 1891, while drilling for gas, Frank Westcott encountered Black Mineral water. Believing in its medicinal qualities, people soon began coming to Alden for baths for a variety of ailments. Bath houses, inns, and boarding houses were soon under construction to handle the influx. Over 60,000 baths were given in the first 10 years of operation.
By 1906, Bennett Manufacturing Company was built and still is in operation today. The company is known for its waste receptacles, which can be found throughout the world.
Spring Creek cuts through the northwest part of the village. Its banks are of shale and contain a variety of fossils dating back millions of years ago when the area known as Alden was at the bottom of the sea. For more on the history of Alden, visit the Alden Historical Society.
The easy accessibility to Buffalo, Rochester and the NYS Thruway make Alden the desirable small town area that it is today. Local businesses are growing and numerous. Tops Market has built new expansive quarters. Henry’s Candy and Gifts, BAH Custom Designs and Alden Optical Labs have been joined by many other small businesses which make up the business community as we know it today. The Alden Advertiser has been the weekly newspaper since 1914..
Alden Central School system offers a quality education to all. Churches of all faiths can be found in Alden. Professional businesses include physicians, dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, attorneys, surveyor, and CPA offices. Elrae Industries and Wilson Greatbatch Technologies are two of the community’s manufacturing facilities.Organizations range from Kiwanis, Lions, Food Pantry, Art Club, Garden Club, VFW, Alden Historical Society, Alden Chamber of Commerce and more. With a population of approximately 10,000, Alden offers a rural setting with affordable housing, public and private utilities, and proximity to I-90, railroads and Buffalo-Niagara International Airport..
Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, boating, sailing, fishing, the Buffalo Bills football team, Sabres hockey, Bisons baseball are just a few of the sports encountered in this area. Shea’s Theater has first class productions, as does Studio Arena and many other theater groups. The Buffalo Philharmonic performs at world renowned Kleinhans Music Hall. Universities in the area are numerous and include University of Buffalo, SUNY @ Buffalo, Canisius College, Niagara University, SUNY @ Fredonia, St. Bonaventure and more, all within easy driving distance.