In the late 1800s, piles of lumber stretched for miles as the Twin Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda developed around the harbor and the surging lumber industry.
In a time when barrels were essential to shipping goods on the Erie Canal, the E. & B. Holmes Machinery Company transformed the manufacturing industry and helped Buffalo thrive as a port city.
In a follow-up to his Fall 2010 feature, John Thomas Slater reveals how a Chautauqua County-based company developed Welch’s Grape Juice and brought it to the masses.
Research and renovation efforts are reviving this early 19th century home and farmstead to create a cultural heritage site for visitors to enjoy.
As the Erie Canal opened up the nation's interior to the industrialized East, businessmen were eager to exploit the now-accessible natural resources of Western New York. Stephen White and the East Boston Timber Company found just what they were looking for on Grand Island.
Before grape juice dominated the grape market, growers in Western New York and Northeast Pennsylvania produced thousands of acres worth of table grapes for a nationwide market. Related industries such as shipping and manufacturing of supplies were also fruitful for the people of the Chautauqua-Erie Grape Belt.
H.H. Richardson's towers get the publicity but the land now used by Buffalo State College was much more than a psychiatric ward. The author remembers her childhood growing up on the farm that served the Buffalo State Hospital in the 1920s and 30s.