The incredible 600-mile trek of a farmer and his family from Vermont to Western New York in 1811.
The full article is available in the Summer 2005 Issue.
The adventuresome life of this pioneer merchant is intertwined with several major formative events in Niagara Frontier history. In 1840, Thompson also became the first popularly elected mayor of Buffalo.
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.
A history of the legal, financial and physical problems of opening Western New York to settlement, with emphasis on how the great survey of 1797 to 1800 was carried out by chief surveyor, Joseph Ellicott.