Confusion over spelling of ‘Allegheny’ in tourism guide

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Distributed at tourist attractions across New York State, the ‘Official 2014 New York State Travel Guide’ shows off all the landmarks and beautiful places to visit, statewide.

The brochure includes Western New York, with the Greater Niagara Area and the Chautauqua-Allegheny regions.

Many Western New Yorkers are used to seeing it spelled ‘Allegany’ rather than ‘Allegheny.’ So which is right?

In this case, it’s no mistake that Allegheny is spelled with that ever-controversial ‘H.’

Tourism folks in the southern tier said it refers to the region, made up of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Since Allegany County is at the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, the region is spelled with that ‘H.’

“It’s one of those battles that you pick and choose, you know, what’s more important, the spelling of it or to bring people to our region and work collaboratively and that is what we do?” said Gretchen Hanchett, the Executive Director of the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism. “If by chance we have the opportunity to include all our counties, most definitely I would like it to spelled Allegany without the ‘H.'”

In the sidebar, the tourism guide lists Allegany State Park as something to do outside. Allegany, in that instance, is spelled without the ‘H,’ which is in fact the correct way to spell that part of Allegany. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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