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By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
Allen's Opera House
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — "Allen's Opera House"
"Allen's Opera House" 1881 Allen's Opera House 1898 Samuel's Opera House 1919 Shea's Opera House/Theater 1968 Little Theater of Jamestown — Map (db m94863) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — "Gokey Fire"
. . . — Map (db m105610) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — "Keyes' Carpenter Shop"
"Keyes' Carpenter Shop" Here in 1816, Royal Keyes, cabinet maker, erected a small carpenter shop. In its second story he made simple articles of furniture for the pioneer community. From this small beginning grew the great furniture industry of . . . — Map (db m94864) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — American Aristotype Company
American Aristotype Company An ornate red brick building here was the office of American Aristotype Company. Founded in 1889, its factories manufactured a fine early collodian paper which helped revolutionize the photographic industry. The . . . — Map (db m105581) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — American Revolution
American Revolution In early summer of 1782 a force of 250 Senecas led by Sayengaraghta and accompanied by a few British military foresters and Indian Department officers passed along Chautauqua Lake and outlet on its way to attack Hannastown, PA. . . . — Map (db m94786) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Automatic Voting Machines
Automatic Voting Machines At this site from 1895 to 1993, Jamestown-based companies pioneered in developing, manufacturing and servicing of mechanical-lever voting machines and electronic voting systems. For many years Jamestown-built . . . — Map (db m105613) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Baker Park
Baker Park Colonel Henry Baker came to this region as a young man after serving in the United States Army during the War of 1812. A prominent and influential local businessman, farmer, politician and patriot, he and his wife, Maria (Fish) . . . — Map (db m94861) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Baker Street Airfield
. . . — Map (db m94778) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Before White Men Came
Before white men came to this area the Indians blazed a trail between Lake Erie and Lake Chautauqua over which they, early explorers and settlers, portaged their canoes. At the Chadakoin River rapids the canoe was portaged again. Here is where the . . . — Map (db m64674) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Birmingham Auto
One of several local attempts to join the ranks of auto manufacturing had offices at this site from 1921 to 1923. — Map (db m64675) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Birthplace of Lucille Ball
August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989 First Lady of Comedy — Map (db m64709) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Blackstone Corporation — Since 1871
Blackstone Manufacturing Company, formerly known as Vandergrift Manufacturing Company, makers of washing machines and Jamestown car parts manufacturing company merged as Blackstone Corporation in 1934. The company continues as an international . . . — Map (db m64676) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Broadhead Power House — 1910
Broadhead Power House 1910 Electric power was an essential element in the Broadhead Brothers trolley lines in the city of Jamestown and the trolley lines that ran on both sides of Lake Chautauqua connecting Jamestown to Westfield and the New York . . . — Map (db m94789) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Brooklyn Square
Called Brooklyn Square since the 1860's, this area has been an industrial and commercial center since 1848. — Map (db m79064) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Celoron Expedition
. . . — Map (db m94784) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Charles Justin Bailey
Charles Justin Bailey June 21, 1859 September 21, 1946 He served forty six years in the regular Army of the United States in every grade from Cadet to Major General and commanded a division in the American Expeditionary Forces in France in . . . — Map (db m94876) WM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Chautauqua County Political Equality Club
Chautauqua County Political Equality Club New York State's first countywide Political Equality Club organized formally at this site in October 31, 1888 to promote women's voting rights. With over 1,000 members, it was the largest county . . . — Map (db m94822) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Crescent Tool Company
Site of Crescent Tool Company Founded 1907 by Karl Peterson Developed, manufactured Crescent adjustable wrench and assorted hand tools internationally known. 1931 introduced crestoloy, an alloy metal. Acquired in 1968 by Cooper . . . — Map (db m94792) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Dahlstrom Metallic Door Company — 1904
. . . — Map (db m105587) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — De Longueuil Expedition
De Longueuil Expedition Baron de Longueuil in 1739 led a force of soldiers and Indians from Montreal down the Chadakoin to the Mississippi. Expedition engineer Chaussegros de Lery, made the first professional map of Chautauqua Lake, the first use . . . — Map (db m94787) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Dexterville Tavern
. . . — Map (db m105588) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Erected in Honor
Erected in Honor of those from Jamestown who answered the call of their country and gave their lives in the World War in defense of the liberties of mankind — Map (db m94877) WM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Bank
Site of the First Bank in this county "The Chautauque County Bank" Erected 1831 Burned 1861 It greatly aided the early development of the entire region. — Map (db m94855) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Burial Ground — 1815-1822
5 adults and 12 to 14 children were buried here. Their remains were later moved to the new cemetery on West 5th Street. — Map (db m64695) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Campus of Jamestown Community College
. . . — Map (db m94815) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church First Congregational Church. Organized June 16, 1816. Jamestown's first religious society. Met at Main and Fifth Streets where a church built in 1829 served until this Gothic ediface was erected in 1869. This is the . . . — Map (db m94857) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Furniture Factory — 1825
First Furniture Factory 1825 On this site William and John Breed constructed the first building for the Manufacture of furniture. — Map (db m94820) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Grist Mill
James Prendergast built the first grist mill for the new village here in 1814. — Map (db m64677) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Sash Factory
Built here 1826, in 1845 doors and blinds were also manufactured. From 1829 these wares were shipped south on flat boats many years. — Map (db m64690) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Train
The first train arrived in Jamestown August 25, 1860 over the newly laid rails of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad culminating a 29 year effort to assure Jamestown's position in the national transportation network. — Map (db m64699) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Train
. . . — Map (db m94853) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — First Woolen Mill
Here in 1816, Daniel Hazeltine built Jamestown's first woolen mill. He processed raw wool and manufactured finished cloth for 20 years at this site. Also, he dyed and finished on shares cloth woven on handlooms by pioneer women. — Map (db m64700) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Great Fire of 1861
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New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Gustavus Adolphus Children's Home
Gustavus Adolphus Children's Home Admitted its first 12 orphans on January 27, 1886. It was established on this site by the New York Conference of the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. The home became the foundation for . . . — Map (db m105590) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Here Stood a Station
Here stood a station of underground railroad in which Catherine Harris did heroic service for fugitive slaves — Map (db m64702) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Here the First School House
Here The First School House the "Prendergast Academy" was built in 1816. Church services were held here until The First Church was erected in 1829 on the same site by "The First Congregational Church and Society" organized in 1816. . . . — Map (db m94872) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Home of Reuben E. Fenton
"The Soldiers' Friend" Governor 1865-1869 U.S. Senator 1869-1875 — Map (db m64718) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Home of William J. Maddox — 1865 - 1936
Home of William J. Maddox 1865 - 1936 Inventor and entrepreneur associated with five local furniture factories before establishing the Maddox Table Company in 1898. Awarded 21 patents, some of which revolutionized the wood furniture . . . — Map (db m94817) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Indian Camp
Indian Camp Part of the Cornplanter band of Seneca Indians camped on this hillside and adjoining river terrace in the period between the Indians' sale of their land in 1797 and their final retreat to reservations in the 1830's. — Map (db m94806) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — James Prendergast
Here in 1811 James Prendergast built a log house, saw mill and dam, beginning of Jamestown industry. Buildings burned 1812. — Map (db m94780) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — James Prendergast
In a small house which stood here, James Prendergast founder of Jamestown lived from 1815 to 1836. Judge Prendergast was born in Pawling, New York, 1764 and died 1846 in Kiantone. To his vision, his enterprise his Christian character and . . . — Map (db m94839) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Jamestown Furniture Exposition Building
Built to display locally manufactured furniture and to host semi-annual "Furniture Marts" for a national audience, 1917-1982. — Map (db m64703) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Jamestown Oak
Jamestown Oak Named to the New York State Historic Tree Registry, the white oak at this site sprouted about 1820 and saw the growth of the community. — Map (db m94773) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Jamestown Shale Paving Brick Co. — ca 1893 - ca 1935
Jamestown Shale Paving Brick Co. ca 1893 - ca 1935 Shale, quarried here, was sent by conveyor across the river where up to fifteen million bricks per year were produced for markets that included Jamestown's red brick streets. Deterioration of the . . . — Map (db m94794) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Keelboat Landing
Here on the banks of the outlet in pioneer days was the keelboat landing. Long, shallow draft boats, propelled by poles, brought cargoes from Pittsburgh and farther south up the Allegheny River to this forest-bound village. — Map (db m64704) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Keyes' Carpenter Shop
Keyes' Carpenter Shop Here in 1816 Royal Keyes cabinet maker erected a small two-story carpenter shop. In its second story he employed his spare time in making simple articles of furniture for the pioneer community. From this small . . . — Map (db m94865) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Log Cabin 1810
Log Cabin 1810 Here John Blowers built first home in Jamestown and Mary Blowers' first white child was born that winter — Map (db m94788) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Policeman George Kendall
Of the Jamestown Police Department gave his life on June 18, 1915. He was shot while responding to a double shooting in the Shaver Building which occupied this site. The Kendall Club, Police Benevolent Association was named in his honor. — Map (db m64710) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Public Market
Foreshadowing supermarkets and malls, numerous vendors, often recent immigrants, sold produce, meats and other foods including ethnic specialties from 1913 to 1965. — Map (db m64717) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Quaker School
Quaker School From 1833 to 1843 on this site Mary E. Osborne, a Quaker widow, conducted a boarding school for young ladies. — Map (db m94816) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Robert H. Jackson
Robert H. Jackson United States Supreme Court Justice (1941 - 1954) and U.S. Chief Prosecutor at the international military tribunal at Nuremberg following World War II. Lived and worked in Jamestown for more than twenty years. From . . . — Map (db m94836) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Robert H. Jackson — 1892 - 1954
[front] Robert H. Jackson 1892 - 1954. He kept the ancient landmarks and built the new. [right] "The very purpose of the Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from...political controversy. One's...fundamental rights may not be submitted . . . — Map (db m94860) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Roger Tory Peterson
Boyhood Home of Roger Tory Peterson August 28. 1908 - July 28, 1996 World famous naturalist Father of bird watching Artist Author Educator — Map (db m105585) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Samuel A. Carlson — Electric Generating Station
Samuel A. Carlson Electric Generating Station in memory of Samuel A. Carlson 1868 - 1961 Mayor of the City of Jamestown for 26 years and associated with its public utilities systems for over 48 years. A public servant for 60 years. . . . — Map (db m105612) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Site of Ahlstrom Piano Company — 1875 - 1926
Site of Ahlstrom Piano Company 1875 - 1926 Charles A. Ahlstrom/ Marcus N. Ahlstrom manufactured square grand, parlor grand, upright, player pianos in fine wood with elaborate carvings. Perfected artotechnique. Invented and patented . . . — Map (db m94821) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Site of Gurney Ball Bearing Co.
. . . — Map (db m94823) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Site of Jamestown Female Seminary
1849-1859, Clarissa D. Wheeler, Founder and Head. — Map (db m99997) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Site of Methodist Church
First edifice of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamestown was erected in 1830. A plain house 40 by 50 feet. — Map (db m64719) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Site of Pail Factory
First factory for making wooden pails and tubs built in 1829, large industry for years. First flat boat stocks built here 1835. — Map (db m64691) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Site of the Foote Home
Built in 1823 by Elial Todd Foote, physician, legislator, jurist, historian who settled in Jamestown in 1815. — Map (db m64701) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Site of the New York State Armory
The Fenton Guards, organized in 1875 by Swedish immigrants, was the local national guard unit which occupied the first armory here in 1888. — Map (db m64720) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Stage Stop — 1823
Stage Stop 1823 Site of the Ballard Tavern, opened in 1818. It became the stop for the Jamestown-Mayville statgecoach line operated by Capt. Gilbert Ballard beginning in 1823. — Map (db m94837) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Steamboat Landing
. . . — Map (db m94785) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Tew Mansion — Jamestown Architectural Heritage
Jamestown Architectural Heritage 413 N. Main Street Second Empire Designed by Milton Earl Beebe Buffalo Architect Built in 1881 - 1882 for George Washington Tew President of City National Bank in 1880 Tew Mansion was later purchased by . . . — Map (db m94873) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — The Car Barns
The Car Barns Remaining building of a complex built to house the trolley car fleet and later the buses which served the Jamestown area from 1884 to 1976. — Map (db m94854) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — The First Metal Furniture Factory
The First Metal Furniture Factory Here stood the factory of the Fenton Metallic Company organized in 1888 by Reuben Earle Fenton Alexis Crane Frank E. Gifford Albert Gilbert Fred E. Hatch James W. Hine and Arthur W. Wade. From this . . . — Map (db m105615) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — The First Newspaper
The First Newspaper On this site in 1825 Adolphus Fletcher erected a two-story building, the first printing office in Jamestown, and on a wooden press printed the first issue of the Jamestown Journal, June 21, 1826. The building was . . . — Map (db m105593) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — The First Store
Upon this corner facing south stood the first store erected in Jamestown. It was built in 1813 by Jediah and Martin Predergast, brothers of James Prendergast as a branch of their store in Mayville. It was removed in 1861. — Map (db m64698) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — The First Theater
The First Theater Site of Allen's Opera House a frame structure, 100 feet by 60 feet seating up to 1500 Abner E. Allen, proprietor Opened September 3, 1874 Destroyed by fire January 21, 1881 — Map (db m94777) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — The Jamestown Academy
. . . — Map (db m105592) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau
The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau honors Silas Shearman 1803 - 1891, harness maker, abolitionist, conductor, acknowledged leader of the UGRR line through Jamestown, NY. Catherine Harris 1809 - 1907, free black woman, wife, mother, domestic . . . — Map (db m94875) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — The Lost Neighborhood
The Harrison-Derby-Victoria neighborhood was home to nearly 100 predominately Italian-American families. They were displaced by the Urban Renewal Project of the 1970's. This area east of Main Street to the Chadakoin River was the only residential . . . — Map (db m64708) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — Walter Edward Washington — 1915 - 2003
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New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — West Third Street Bridge — 1925 - 1926
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New York (Chautauqua County), Jamestown — WWI Memorial
This memorial and the elm trees on these grounds are dedicated to the memory of those from Jamestown who answered the call of their country and gave their lives in the World War, 1917 - 1918. — Map (db m94874) WM

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