Niagara Falls in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Site of First House
Built by Judge Porter in 1808
Erected 1935 by NY State Education Department.
Location. 43° 5.014′ N, 79° 3.717′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Buffalo Avenue and First Street, on the left when traveling west on Buffalo Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is just east of the intersection. The corner lot is vacant. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14303, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Power of the American Rapids (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Niagara County Medal of Honor Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whitney Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Town of Niagara Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Niagara's Industrial Beginnings and the Establishment of the State Reservation (approx. ¼ mile away); The Parting of the Waters (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Niagara Portage (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
Regarding Site of First House. Augustus Porter was
With his younger brother, Peter B. Porter, and two others, he bought land along the Niagara River in 1805, receiving landing rights at Lewiston, Niagara Falls, and Black Rock (now part of
He was appointed the first judge of Niagara County in 1808, which also encompassed all of Erie County at that time. He was appointed first postmaster; a position he held until 1837. He was engaged in many local enterprises, including the purchase of Goat Island (formerly Iris Island), which is the island separating the American Falls from the Horseshoe Falls, and is currently part of Niagara Reservation State Park. Please see the below link for more biographical information (error in first sentence on link - Augustus S. should be Augustus). In old age he became deaf and died in 1849.
The Town of Porter in the extreme northwest corner of New York State and Niagara County is named after Judge Porter.
References: Barnard, John H. Judge Augustus Porter and the Niagara Frontier: a synopsis, 1924. Robinson, Charles Mulford, Life of Augustus Porter: a pioneer in western New York, [1896?], republished and revised in 1904 by Buffalo Historical Society. References accessed on the third floor of the Niagara Falls (NY) Public Library in controlled storage.
Also see . . . Niagara Falls Underground Railroad - Augustus (S.) and Letitia Porter Home. (Submitted on December 13, 2013, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Additional keywords. Augustus Porter
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