Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Highlights of Buﬀalo History
Buﬀalo and Erie County Historical Society
— Cultural Heritage —
1678-79: French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, claims the region for France. He builds a sailing ship, Griffon, on the bank of the Niagara River and explores the Great Lakes.
1758: Frenchman Chabert Joncaire builds the first white settlement in the Buffalo area at what is now the foot of Michigan Avenue.
1813: The British burn the young city of Buffalo during the war of 1812.
1818: The Main Lighthouse is built at the outlet of Buffalo Creek. It still stands today, the oldest structure still in its original location in the city.
1825: The western terminus of the Erie Canal is completed, connecting Buffalo by water to New York City.
1842: First steam-powered grain elevator is built. Buffalo is on its way to becoming the greatest producer in the country of grain related products.
1843: Buffalo becomes a way station for slaves fleeing to Canada via the Underground Railroad.
1848: President Millard Fillmore returns to Buffalo after his term in the White House and helps found the Historical Society.
1852: Railroad links Buffalo to New York City.
1900: Buffalo streets illuminated by electric lights.
1901: Buffalo, the eighth largest city in the United States, hosts the Pan-American Exposition, a showcase of modern invention and widespread use of electricity. President McKinley is shot at the Exposition and later dies. Theodore Roosevelt is inaugurated as President at the Wilcox Mansion in Buffalo.
1902: The Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company begins making steel.
1927: The Peace Bridge spans the Niagara River, connecting the U.S. and Canada.
1959: Wilson Greatbatch develops the implantable cardiac pacemaker.
Pediment Sculptures and Exterior Plaques: Edmond Amateis created nine figures in the pediment over the lakeside entrance representing Philosophy, Industry, Art, Husbandry, History, Science, Mars, Religion, and Law, and eleven plaques commemorating historic events on the Niagara Frontier.
Bronze Doors: The two-ton entrance doors were a gift from Andrew Langdon, sculpted by R.H. Perry. They bear female figures representing history and ethnology. Langdon was a successful businessman who was active in many local cultural organizations. He also donated the candelabra that flank the entry and the statue of David across the highway in the park.
New York State Pavilion: This National Historic Landmark
Impressive structures have been built to host world renowned events along the Seaway Trail.
Seaway Trail, Inc., Corner Ray & West Main Street., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685; www.seawaytrail.com . America's Byways. This project was funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Scenic Byways Program of the New York State Department of Transportation and Seaway Trail, Inc.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
Location. 42° 56.123′ N, 78° 52.606′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Museum Court and Nottingham Terrace, on the left when traveling south on Museum Court. The museum is by the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Museum Court, Buffalo NY 14216, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pan-American Exposition (within shouting distance of this marker); To Commemorate the Gallantry of (within shouting distance of this marker); The Japanese Garden on Mirror Lake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Scajaquada Creek (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Pan-American Exposition (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buffalo's Olmsted Parks (approx. ¼ mile away); President McKinley (approx. ¼ mile away); McMillan (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Also see . . .
1. The Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (Submitted on January 18, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Buffalo History Museum - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 18, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Edmond Amateis - Wikipedia. American sculptor, as mentioned on the marker. (Submitted on January 18, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
4. Roland Hinton Perry - Wikipedia. American sculptor, as mentioned on the marker. (Submitted on January 18, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 18, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 7. submitted on February 29, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 8. submitted on January 18, 2015.