Once an uninhabitable forest full of rock ledges, the area now known as Lockport seemed like an unlikely spot for a boom town. That all changed when the Erie Canal needed a place to climb the Niagara Escarpment.
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.
Lockport artist Raphael Beck was best known for designing the 1901 Pan-Am logo but he also left behind an extensive body of work. Coming from a family of artists, Beck's skill and versatility are shown here.
Chester Oakley always claimed his Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY made his reputation, but the self-educated Buffalo architect left several remarkable landmarks in our region.
Forty years ago, Apollo XI landed the first men on the moon, thanks in no small part to the contributions of Western New York.
Once heralded as a progressive solution, the Buffalo Skyway is now seen by many as part of the problem. These mid-20th century images recall its opening and why it was built in the first place.