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Tonawanda, New York Historical Markers

 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2016
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New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Burial Land Since 1816
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New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — City of Tonawanda A Community Built Around Lumber
Welcome to Tonawanda Gateway Harbor - where the Niagara River meets the Erie Canal. Prior to the 1800's this area was a wilderness frequently traversed by Seneca Indians from the Iroquois Confederacy. The first known white settlers were Henry . . . — Map (db m87802) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Dedicated to the Memory
Dedicated to the memory of those who made the greatest sacrifice in Vietnam Burton W. Dalke, James P. Saurini Ronald F. Sadler, Mark E. Vanderheld — Map (db m87891) WM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Engineering the Erie Canal
You are standing on the bed of the Erie Canal, a 363 mile long, 40 ft. wide, 7 ft. deep "ditich" built from 1817 to 1825 that connected Lake Erie waters with the Hudson River and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean. It unleashed a flood of products, . . . — Map (db m98540) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Erie Canal Site
To avoid the strong current of the mighty Niagara River, the Erie Canal was built adjacent to the river from here to Buffalo in 1825. — Map (db m78352) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — First Railroad
The Buffalo & Niagara Falls Railway, the first western New York steam railway, cut through dense forest here in 1836. — Map (db m77795) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Gastown Erie Canalway Trail
In 1884, the Tonawanda Gas Light Company was incorporated to supply gas to both Tonawanda and North Tonawanda for street and house lighting. The "gas works" was located on property once owned by Mary Long. Between the Canandaigua and Erie . . . — Map (db m87872) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Gateway to the West
During the 1800s, many Americans and newly arrived immigrants were eager to move west, but this undertaking proved difficult because of the Appalachian Mountains. A natural barrier running from Alabama through Pennsylvania, New York and on into . . . — Map (db m77385) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — German Evangelical Church
German Evangelical Church Building erected 1849 Organized by settlers from the Mohawk Valley in 1830. First services held in Dirnberger farm barn, Military Road, later in school house No. 4, Delaware Road. Oldest church society in town of . . . — Map (db m97911) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Grand Island Ferry
You are standing at the site of Tonawanda's Grand Island Ferry Landing. For nearly a century access to Grand Island was provided by ferry service. The Grand Island Ferry consisted of a tug and scow carrying horses, wagons, automobiles, buses, . . . — Map (db m98519) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Great Ships of the Niagara Niagara River Greenway
Three Centuries of Commerce
The first great ship to pass by this spot was the Griffin built by Robert de La Salle in 1679 near Cayuga Island just around the bend behind Grand Island. She sailed up the Niagara River past this point . . . — Map (db m98517) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Long Homestead
Built by Benjamin and Mary Long in 1829. In this home was held the first Sunday School in the Tonawandas. — Map (db m77328) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Louis P.A. Eberhardt Home
Louis P.A. Eberhardt Home Kenmore's founder, Louis Phillip Adolph Eberhardt built this home in 1893-94 and occupied it until 1918 when it was acquired by the YWCA. This brownstone home and its twin, built by LPA's brother Fred, cost $150,000 . . . — Map (db m97913) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Lumber Capital
Thanks to the Erie Canal, the Niagara River, a naturally commodious harbor and a growing railroad center, the Tonawandas became a thriving lumber port during the last half of the nineteenth century. Lumber from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and . . . — Map (db m77350) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Railroad Station 1870 - 1922
Erected in 1870 this building served as the NYCRR station until the track relocation in 1922. — Map (db m77796) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Roll of Honor
Tonawanda's Sons They gave their all in the World War. 1917-1917 —— [26 names] — Map (db m80193) WM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Sheridan Drive
Sheridan Drive constructed for a greater Niagara Frontier 1923-1925. Dedicated to improved highways transportation. Town Board. J. Fred Moore, Supervisor. Elmer W. Johnson, Town Clerk. Samuel Seitz, Justice. Edward A. Jones, Justice. Robert M. . . . — Map (db m73688) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — St. John's Cemetery
St. John's Cemetery First burial 1839 Organized 1850 Restored 1934 Known as "Werkley" Cemetery — Map (db m84448) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — The Brewery Niagara River Greenway
In 1847 George Zent opened the first Brewery in Tonawanda at Hinds and Niagara Streets directly ahead of you on top of the embankment. Lured by the unlimited supply of fresh water from from the Niagara River, economical shipping via the Erie Canal . . . — Map (db m98554) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — The Dam
An Overview In the spring of 1823, work on the Erie Canal at this end of the state began with the building of a dam. Its purpose was to raise the water level of Tonawanda Creek 4 to 4 1/2 feet so that its ten-mile stretch between Pendleton . . . — Map (db m77499) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — The Long Homestead
In December of 1828, Benjamin and Mary Hershe Long arrived here from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in a covered wagon drawn by oxen. With them were their five daughters, ranging in age from 6 months to 16 years.

Their home, built the . . . — Map (db m77330) HM

New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — The People Erie Canalway Trail
Life on the Canal Boat The average canal boat owner was a family man, and often his family traveled the canal with him. Living quarters were the cabin under the stern deck and in the small space a woman did her washing and ironing in addition to . . . — Map (db m87777) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — The Railroad
Rise of the Railroad On August 26, 1836, the first steam locomotive in Western New York made its maiden run between Black Rock and Tonawanda at a speed of 15 - 20 miles an hour. By the 5th of November that same year, regular trips were made . . . — Map (db m77302) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — To The Glory of God and in Grateful Remembrance
1941 - 1945 World War II To the glory of God and in grateful remembrance Korean War 1950 - 1953 — Map (db m77387) WM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Tonawanda All Heroes Memorial
[center stone] In honored memory of all natives of the city of Tonawanda who have given their lives in the service of their country. A grateful community solemnly promises that the sacrifices of all veterans were not made in vain and that they . . . — Map (db m87894) WM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Tonawanda Civil War Memorial
In memory of Soldiers Sailors & Marines of the Civil War of 1861 to 1865 — Map (db m77386) WM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Tonawanda Rails to Trails
Tonawanda Rails to Trails This 3.9 mile trail is composed of two segments on top of a former railroad bed in the Town of Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda. The railroad corridor was operated for both freight and for passenger service dating back . . . — Map (db m97929) HM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Tonawanda Veterans Memorial
United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marines United States Coast Guard 1790 Merchant Marines — Map (db m98559) WM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Town of Tonawanda Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to all who have served honorably in the armed forces of The United States of America. May their service never be forgotten. — Map (db m84455) WM
New York (Erie County), Tonawanda — Westward to Buffalo Niagara River Greenway
The westernmost leg of the Erie Canal completed in 1825 followed a route paralleling the Niagara River between Tonawanda and Buffalo. From where you are standing, the Canal travelled some ten miles through the mostly unsettled Township of Tonawanda . . . — Map (db m98556) HM

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