Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
America's Crossroads: The Spaulding Exchange
The large hole in the ground, which will soon be developed to its former glory, where the Memorial Auditorium formerly stood, was once the most dynamic, most vibrant, most exciting public assembly place in Buffalo.
Known as Spaulding’s Exchange, it was the greatest center of commerce west of the Hudson River. Pay close attention to the “multiple vignettes”: to the wealth of detail contained in this remarkable illustration. What does this painting by a long lost artist reveal about mid-19th century Buffalo?
Elbridge Gerry Spaulding was a Buffalo attorney and banker who, as mayor of Buffalo, cleared the congested harbor of snarled shipping, constructed the first sewer system, and built a gas-light company that installed street lights. He served in Congress during the Civil War and helped Abraham Lincoln finance the war by sponsoring legislation that authorized the printing of paper money. Spaulding became known as “The Father of the Greenback Dollar”
Erected by Friends of the Buffalo Story.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Immigrant Steps (here, next to this marker); Buffalo's Birthplace (here, next to this marker); Shark Girl (a few steps from this marker); Canal and Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Riverfront Historical Eras to 1930 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (about 400 feet away); The Grand Canal (about 400 feet away); Buffalo - Queen City of the Lakes (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Also see . . .
1. Elbridge G. Spaulding - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Eldbridge Gerry Spaulding - Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. (Submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.