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Near Clarence in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Niagara Frontier

Historic New York

 
 
Niagara Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 26, 2011
1. Niagara Frontier Marker
Inscription. The Niagara River between Lakes Ontario and Erie was the natural route to the interior of the continent. Following the arrival of French explorers in 1678, missionaries, traders, troops and settlers traveled by its waters. At the outlet of the Niagara River into Lake Ontario, the French in 1726 built Fort Niagara. A strategic post during the inter-colonial wars, it was captured by the British in 1759. During the American Revolution it was used as a base for British raids and was finally surrendered to the United States in 1796.
Buffalo, at the Lake Erie end of the Niagara River, was opened to settlement by the Holland Land Company in 1803-04. During the War of 1812, Buffalo, like other Niagara Frontier communities was burned. A period of remarkable growth began when Buffalo became the western terminus of the Erie Canal in 1825.
Buffalo and its environs developed into a great transportation hub and a center for industry, especially flour milling and steel manufacture, Water power from Niagara Falls generates electricity distributed over a wide area. Educational and cultural institutions combine with the natural setting and economic advantage to make Buffalo the State’s second largest city.
 
Erected 1963 by New York State Education Department & Thruway Authority.
 
Marker series.
Wide view of the Niagara Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 26, 2011
2. Wide view of the Niagara Frontier Marker
This marker is included in the Erie Canal, and the Historic New York marker series.
 
Location. 42° 57.17′ N, 78° 36.091′ W. Marker is near Clarence, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway (Interstate 90 at milepost 412), 10.6 miles west of Alleghany Road (New York State Route 77), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located in the Clarence Travel Plaza at the east end of the car parking lot. The travel plaza is accessible via the Governor Thomas E. Dewey (New York State) Thruway. The closest exit on the westbound lanes are 48A (Pembroke). Marker is in this post office area: Clarence NY 14031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clarence Town Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); In Memory of Our Comrades / In Grateful Memory (approx. 1.8 miles away); Watchman's Flag Shanty, West Shore Railroad (approx. 1.8 miles away); Goodrich-Landow Log Cabin (approx. 1.9 miles away); Town of Clarence - First Grist Mill in Erie County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Town of Clarence - Ransom's Grove (approx. 2 miles away); Harris Hill (approx. 3.9 miles away); Clarence Center (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarence.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Niagara frontier: embracing sketches of its early history, and Indian, French and English. (Submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. The documentary history of the campaign upon the Niagara frontier ... ([1896]-1908). (Submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. History of Buffalo. (Submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
4. The History of Buffalo: A Chronology. (Submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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