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Waterloo, New York, USA - Seneca Canal, Waterloo, N.Y.

Fun fact: Waterloo, NY is the birthplace of Memorial Day.

The story of Memorial Day begins in the summer of 1865, when a prominent local druggist, Henry C. Welles, mentioned to some of his friends at a social gathering that while praising the living veterans of the Civil War it would be well to remember the patriotic dead by placing flowers on their graves. Nothing resulted from this suggestion until he advanced the idea again the following spring to General John B. Murray. Murray, a civil war hero and intensely patriotic, supported the idea wholeheartedly and marshalled veterans’ support. Plans were developed for a more complete celebration by a local citizens’ committee headed by Welles and Murray.

On May 5, 1866, the Village was decorated with flags at half mast, draped with evergreens and mourning black. Veterans, civic societies and residents, led by General Murray, marched to the strains of martial music to the three village cemeteries.

There is MUCH more to discover about Waterloo, New York, USA. Read on!

Waterloo Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Seneca Canal, Waterloo, N.Y.
Waterloo, New York, USA

Seneca Canal, Waterloo, N.Y.
Lafayette Park and High School, Waterloo, N.Y.
Waterloo, New York, USA

Lafayette Park and High School, Waterloo, N.Y.
Public Library, Waterloo, N.Y.
Waterloo, New York, USA

Public Library, Waterloo, N.Y.

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1854 - Waterloo
Waterloo, a post-village of Waterloo township, and semi-capital of Seneca county, New York, is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of Seneca lake, and on the Auburn and Canandaigua Branch of the Central railroad, 20 miles W. from Auburn. It contains a beautiful court house, an academy, 1 Catholic and 5 Protestant churches, a bank, a public hall, 1 newspaper office, about 30 stores, 9 hotels, 3 foundries with machine shops, 6 flouring and grist mills, 1 steam cotton mill, 2 large manufactories of shawls and woollen goods, 1 of morocco, and a dry-dock and boat-yard. The outlet furnishes water-power, and is used as part of the Cayuga and Seneca canal. Incorporated in 1824. Population in 1853, about 3500; of the township in 1850, 3795.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1870 - We see it stated that a farmer near Waterloo, N. Y., has two hens which lay two eggs each every day, and have done so for some time past.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 29, 1870
1895 - Waterloo
Waterloo, a post-village, one of the capitals of Seneca co., N.Y., is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of Seneca Lake, and on the Auburn Branch of the New York Central Railroad, 7 miles N.E. of Geneva, 3 miles W. of Seneca Falls, and 19 miles W. of Auburn. It contains a handsome court-house, 7 churches, a union school or academy, a national bank, a public hall, 3 flouring-mills, a large manufactory of woollen shawls, 4 malt-houses, a distillery, several machine-shops and foundries, and printing-offices which issue 1 daily and 2 weekly newspapers. The Seneca outlet affords extensive water-power here. P. (1890) 4350.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Waterloo, a banking post-village, one of the capitals of Seneca CO., N. Y., is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of Seneca Lake and on the New York Central and Hudson River and the Lehigh Valley Rs., 7 miles NE. of Geneva. It has manufactures of woollens and wagons, malted and distilled liquors, etc. Pop. in 1900, 4256.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Waterloo, New York has a lot to offer! Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Waterloo:
Women's Rights National Historical Park:

Start your journey by exploring the birthplace of the women's rights movement. The park includes the Wesleyan Chapel, where the first Women's Rights Convention was held in 1848.

National Memorial Day Museum:

Learn about the history and significance of Memorial Day at this museum. It provides a deep insight into the origin of Memorial Day, which was first celebrated in Waterloo.

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack:

If you're feeling lucky, head to the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack for some thrilling horse racing and gaming action.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge:

Nature enthusiasts will love exploring this wildlife refuge, home to a variety of bird species. Bring your binoculars for bird watching and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail:

Waterloo is part of the Finger Lakes region, known for its wineries. Take a tour along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and indulge in tastings at the local vineyards.

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Waterloo, New York, USA

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female ancestorLucy WEBB (3 April 1779, , Connecticut, USA - 9 November 1863, Waterloo, New York, USA)
male ancestorAnanias JENKS (26 May 1786, , Rhode Island, USA - 30 June 1859, Waterloo, New York, USA)
male ancestorHarrison Willard HOUK (27 September 1821, Waterloo, New York, USA - 4 May 1880, Benzonia, Michigan, USA)
male ancestorDavid L. WARNER (1840, Waterloo, New York, USA - 4 May 1859, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA (Wyben))
female ancestorSarah Angeline MALLOT (7 August 1852, Gorham, Ontario, New York, USA - 23 April 1935, Waterloo, New York, USA)
male ancestorFrank Henry ALLISON (20 February 1866, Rome, New York, USA - September 1948, Waterloo, New York, USA)
male ancestorWalter Henry CHITTENDEN (22 October 1880, Richmond, Massachusetts, USA - 17 September 1959, Waterloo, New York, USA)

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