Did you know that Grand Island once had the largest sawmill in the United States? Or that Wolf Clan Chief Ely Parker penned the final draft of the Confederate surrender document at Appomattox, signed by Robert E. Lee? How about that those cool roll-up doors on the back of UPS trucks come from the Town of Newstead? These are just some of the fascinating tidbits to be found in Erie County, 1821-2021: A Bicentennial Profile, the latest special project from Western New York Heritage.
This 80-page, one-of-a-kind legacy publication features brief, individual profiles of each of Erie County’s towns, cities and Native territories. Special “at a glance” sections provide readers with a quick reference to each community, while brief narratives and evocative images—many never before published—highlight the events, people and places that make each unique.
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