Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Lake Erie
Named for the Indian Nation of the Eries
who dwelt on these shores before 1634 when they
were conquered by the Iroquoian Confederacy.
1641 – Earliest mention of the lake in writing of French missionaries.
1669 – First white man known to travel its waters was Louis Joliet.
1679 – La Salle’s “Griffon” first ship to sail the Great Lakes above Niagara.
1749 – Celeron’s Expedition voyaged south to claim Ohio Basin for France.
1758 – Gilbert Joncaire constructed earliest settlement at Buffalo Creek.
1759 – French were defeated and this region became a British possession.
1783 – Treaty of Paris – United States recognized by Great Britain.
1796 – Jay’s Treaty – British relinquished frontier posts on U.S. shores.
1813 – Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry victorious in Battle of Lake Erie.
1817 – Rush-Bagot Treaty – Naval armament on the Great Lakes restricted.
1818 – The “Walk-in-the-Water” first steamship on Lake Erie was launched.
1822 – Boundary
1840 – 1860 – Immense tide of western emigration embarked from the fort.
1875 – 1925 – Great Lakes developed into largest fresh-water navigation system in world with Lake Erie its gateway between east and west.
1927 – Dedication of Peace Bridge at outlet of lake marked a century of unfortified peace between Great Britain and the United States.
Erected 1991 by City of Buffalo, Abigail Fillmore Chapter National Society Daughter of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1634.
Location. 42° 53.063′ N, 78° 53.438′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Erie Street, half a mile west of Marine Drive, on the right when traveling south. Marker is at the end of the breakwater separating Erie Bason Marina from the lake. 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. Keepers of the Western Door (a few steps from this marker); Chester C. Gorski (a few steps from this marker); The Legend of John MaynardBuffalo Water Intake, Horseshoe Reef Light (approx. half a mile away); Buffalo Main & Harbor Lights (approx. half a mile away); The 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse (approx. half a mile away); Buffalo Lightship (approx. half a mile away); Buffalo Harbor (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
More about this marker. The original Historic Lake Erie marker was placed in 1935.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.