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Prior to 1868, the village of Ellicottville was the county seat, but the presence of a railroad line in Little Valley prompted a move. The village of Little Valley was incorporated in 1876. The railroad line shut down around 1990.

The Little Valley post office is the only village structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Ironically, the building is one of the newer buildings in the town, constructed in 1941. Several other buildings (such as the Civil War Memorial Building in 1911 and the former Little Valley Central School building in 1921, as well as many of the houses) are significantly older than the post office.

Ira Joe Fisher, a daytime television personality and weather reporter, spent most of his childhood in Little Valley.

Welcome to the Official Website for the Village of Little Valley, NY
"The Village of Little Valley is located in Cattaraugus County, New York.  Little Valley is the county seat of Cattaraugus County and also the location of the county fair (held in August in the fairgrounds north of the village).  The village is north of Salamanca.

Little Valley offers its own municipal electric service through an affiliation with National Grid, as well as municipal water, sewer, and streets departments.

Little Valley's main attraction is Little Valley Speedway, a half-mile dirt track used for stock car racing and demolition derbies during the summer.