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In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo.




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  • 1789 - Buffalo, New York founded

    www.wikipedia.org

  • In 1800, Buffalo, New York, was a town of four log cabins.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1813 - Decmber 29 - British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812

    historyorb.com

  • 1841 - August 9 - Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die

    historyorb.com

  • News 1844 - October 19 - The famous "Lower Great Lakes Storm" occurred. Southwesterly winds were at hurricane force for five hours, driving lake waters into downtown Buffalo NY. The storm drowned 200 persons.

    WeatherForYou.com
    October 19, 1844

  • News 1850 - TREMENDOUS FIRE ! - OVER $100,000 OF PROPERTY DESTROYED !
    From the Buffalo Daily Courier.

    It becomes out painful duty to record the most disastrous conflagration, which has ever visited our city. The Ameri...Read MORE...


  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Erie Canal Basin and Elevator, Buffalo

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C.... Read MORE...

    Artwork
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Main Street, Buffalo, From St Paul's Church

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C.... Read MORE...

    Artwork
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Grain-Propeller, Buffalo

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872

    Artwork
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    City of Buffalo

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872
    Artwork
  • 1854 - Buffalo
    Buffalo, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Erie county, New York, is situated at the eastern extremity of Lake Erie, 2 or 8 miles S. from ...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - Christopher Columbus was badly defeated for Councilman at the Buffalo election. Such is fame.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 7, 1871

  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Main Street, Buffalo, From St. Paul's Church
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
    Artwork
  • 1880 - Ice Cream Sundae
    1880: Buffalo, NY; Evanston, IL; Two Rivers, WI; and Ithaca, NY all claim to have invented the ice cream sundae. Wherever it happened, it first starte...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - BUFFALO'S CALAMITY. The Heart of the City Swept by Fire, and a Loss of $2,500,000 Incurred -
    Forty Buildings, Including Two Hotels Burned - A Fireman Killed by Falling Walls - Seventeen Other Persons Hurt.

    BUFFALO, N. Y., Feb. 4 - The great...Read MORE...


  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    1890s
    New Process Soap
    Gowans & Stover
    Buffalo, N.Y.
    Advertisement
  • News 1891 - A BIG BLAZE IN BUFFALO. WARNER BROTHERS' NEW BUILDING LAID IN ASHES.
    THE LOSS ON BUILDING AND STOCK IN FOUR STORES ABOUT $300,000, FULLY INSURED - TWO FIREMEN TAKEN FROM THE RUINS DEAD.

    BUFFALO, N. Y., Jan. 23. - Th...Read MORE...


  • News 1893 - HEAVY FIRE IN BUFFALO. FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYS PROPERTY VALUED AT $750,000.
    Buffalo, Dec. 14 - Fire this morning destroyed the Arcade building on Main street, including ROBINSON Musee, SHEAS music hall and several stores, incl...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Buffalo
    Buffalo, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Erie co., N.Y., is situated at the eastern extremity of Lake Erie, in lat. 42°53' N., lon. 78° ...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - BUILDING COLLAPSED. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED AT BUFFALO, N.Y. ALMOST CRIMINAL CARELESSNESS.
    THE OLD STRUCTURE WAS PROPPED UP FOR REPAIRS, WHEN THE PROPS SUDDENLY GAVE WAY AND A SCORE OR MORE PEOPLE WERE CAUGHT IN THE TRAP.

    NAMES OF THE VIC...Read MORE...


  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    T. C. Tanke
    Cor. Main and Eagle Streets
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    Ladies' Home Journal
    November 1898
    Advertisement
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Elk Street Market
    Postcard
  • 1901 - McKinley Assassinated
    President William McKinley is assassinated in Buffalo.
    Location: Inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo,...Read MORE...


  • 1901 - Pan-American Exposition (Buffalo)
    The Pan-American Exposition was a World's Fair held in Buffalo, New York, United States, from May 1 through November 2, 1901. The fair occupied 350 ac...Read MORE...


  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Temple of Music, Buffalo, N.Y. Where Pres. McKinley was Shot (1901)
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Wilcox Residence, Buffalo, N.Y. where President Roosevelt took the oath of office, Sept. 14th, 1901
    Postcard
  • On July 17, 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier designed the first modern air-conditioning system. (Buffalo, NY)

    www.carrier.com

  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    City Hall, 1907
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Ellicott Square Building, 1907
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    North Street Looking West From Delaware Ave., Lenox Hotel, Buffalo, N.Y., 1907
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Old Home Week, 1907
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Delaware Ave. Residences, 1908
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Elmwood Avenue Bridge and Albright Art Gallery
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Albright Art Gallery
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Allen Street, looking toward Days Park
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Chamber of Commerce and Bank of Buffalo, 1910
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Historical Building, Delaware Park
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Lafayette Hotel
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Lafayette Square, 1910
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y.
    Over Fifty Acres of Floor Space. Visitors Welcome.

    The Larkin Company are the World's Largest Manufacturers of Soaps and Toilet Preparations and are important Food Specialists. The entire output of the Larkin... Read MORE...

    Advertisement
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Outer Light House and Breakwall
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Marine Nat'l Bank Bldg., 1910
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Bird's-eye View of the H. A. Meldrum Company's Department Stores
    460-470 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Bear Pits, Park Zoo
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    The Telephone Building
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    William Street, showing Siegrist & Fraley Department Store
    Postcard
  • News 1911 - $250,000 FIRE IN BUFFALO FACTORY. FIREMEN BATTERED AND BURNED IN FIGHTING TO AVERT BIG EXPLOSION. TWO WOMEN RESCUED.
    THICK SMOKE OVERCOMES DWELLERS IN ADJACENT HOUSE, WHO ARE CARRIED TO SAFETY - SCORE OF FIREMEN BLOWN ACROSS STREET - FLAMES KEPT FROM TURPENTINE.

    S...Read MORE...


  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Morning Roll Call at Fort Porter, 1911
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Edward Street Grammar School No. 46
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Shelton Square, Intersection of Main, Erie, Church and Niagara Streets
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Elk Street Market
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Main Street Looking North
    Postcard
  • News 1913 - Six Men Injured in $100,000 Fire at Buffalo Hotel
    Buffalo, Sept. 17.- Fire which broke out in the plant of Dirnberger Popcorn company, No. 135 Seneca street this morning spread to the Hotel Broezel an...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Buffalo, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Erie co., N.Y., is situated at the eastern extremity of Lake Erie, in lat. 42° 53' N., Lon. 78°...Read MORE...


  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Shopping District, Main St.
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    School 56
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Main Street from Shelton Sq., Buffalo, N.Y. (1918)
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Academy of Science
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Central Terminal
    Postcard
  • 1922 - March 14 - WGR-AM in Buffalo NY begins radio transmissions

    historyorb.com

  • 1927 - August 4 - The Peace Bridge between the U.S. and Canada opens. The 3,580 foot long bridge is located near Buffalo, New York, and crosses the Niagara River.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/

  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral and Shelton Square, Buffalo, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    New Federal Court House, Niagara Square, Buffalo, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Hotel Touraine
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Peace Bridge across Niagara River, Connecting Canada and Buffalo, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • Buffalo, New York, USA
    Kleinhan's Music Hall, 1944
    Postcard
  • 1945 - December 14-17 - A record December snowstorm buried Buffalo, NY, under 36.6 inches of snow, with unofficial totals south of the city ranging up to 70 inches. Travel was brought to a halt by the storm.

    The Weather Channel

  • News 1967 - June 27 - Race riot in Buffalo NY (200 arrested)

    historyorb.com
    June 27, 1967



Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Buffalo, New York, USA


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Erie Canal Basin and Elevator, Buffalo

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C.... Read MORE...

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Main Street, Buffalo, From St Paul's Church

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C.... Read MORE...

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Grain-Propeller, Buffalo

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

Artwork

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City of Buffalo

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872
Artwork

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Main Street, Buffalo, From St. Paul's Church
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Artwork

Buffalo, New York, USA
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1890s
New Process Soap
Gowans & Stover
Buffalo, N.Y.
Advertisement

Buffalo, New York, USA
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T. C. Tanke
Cor. Main and Eagle Streets
Buffalo, N.Y.

Ladies' Home Journal
November 1898
Advertisement

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Elk Street Market
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Temple of Music, Buffalo, N.Y. Where Pres. McKinley was Shot (1901)

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Wilcox Residence, Buffalo, N.Y. where President Roosevelt took the oath of office, Sept. 14th, 1901
Postcard

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City Hall, 1907
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Ellicott Square Building, 1907
Postcard

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North Street Looking West From Delaware Ave., Lenox Hotel, Buffalo, N.Y., 1907
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Old Home Week, 1907
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Delaware Ave. Residences, 1908
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Elmwood Avenue Bridge and Albright Art Gallery
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Albright Art Gallery
Postcard

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Allen Street, looking toward Days Park
Postcard

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Chamber of Commerce and Bank of Buffalo, 1910
Postcard

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Historical Building, Delaware Park
Postcard

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Lafayette Hotel
Postcard

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Lafayette Square, 1910
Postcard

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The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y.
Over Fifty Acres of Floor Space. Visitors Welcome.

The Larkin Company are the World's Largest Manufacturers of Soaps and Toilet Preparations and are important Food Specialists. The entire output of the Larkin... Read MORE...

Advertisement

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Outer Light House and Breakwall
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Marine Nat'l Bank Bldg., 1910
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Bird's-eye View of the H. A. Meldrum Company's Department Stores
460-470 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y.
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Bear Pits, Park Zoo
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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The Telephone Building
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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William Street, showing Siegrist & Fraley Department Store
Postcard

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Morning Roll Call at Fort Porter, 1911
Postcard

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Edward Street Grammar School No. 46
Postcard

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Shelton Square, Intersection of Main, Erie, Church and Niagara Streets
Postcard

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Elk Street Market
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Main Street Looking North
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Shopping District, Main St.
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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Main Street from Shelton Sq., Buffalo, N.Y. (1918)
Postcard

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School 56
Postcard

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Academy of Science
Postcard

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Central Terminal
Postcard

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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral and Shelton Square, Buffalo, N.Y.
Postcard

Buffalo, New York, USA
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New Federal Court House, Niagara Square, Buffalo, N.Y.
Postcard

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Hotel Touraine
Postcard

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Peace Bridge across Niagara River, Connecting Canada and Buffalo, N.Y.
Postcard

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Kleinhan's Music Hall, 1944
Postcard
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History and News of Buffalo, New York, USA

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  • 1789 - Buffalo, New York founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • In 1800, Buffalo, New York, was a town of four log cabins.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • Buffalo/Niagara - Travel Thru History


    306 Buffalo/Niagara - Travel Thru History - Full Episode (www.youtube.com)
  • 1813 - Decmber 29 - British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812

    historyorb.com
  • 1841 - August 9 - Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die

    historyorb.com
  • News  1844 - October 19 - The famous "Lower Great Lakes Storm" occurred. Southwesterly winds were at hurricane force for five hours, driving lake waters into downtown Buffalo NY. The storm drowned 200 persons.

    WeatherForYou.com
    October 19, 1844
  • Buffalo NY Then and Now


    Buffalo NY Then and Now (www.youtube.com)
  • News  1850 - TREMENDOUS FIRE ! - OVER $100,000 OF PROPERTY DESTROYED !
    From the Buffalo Daily Courier.

    It becomes out painful duty to record the most disastrous conflagration, which has ever visited our city. The... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Buffalo
    Buffalo, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Erie county, New York, is situated at the eastern extremity of Lake Erie, 2 or 8 miles S. from ... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Christopher Columbus was badly defeated for Councilman at the Buffalo election. Such is fame.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 7, 1871
  • 1880 - Ice Cream Sundae
    1880: Buffalo, NY; Evanston, IL; Two Rivers, WI; and Ithaca, NY all claim to have invented the ice cream sundae. Wherever it happened, it first... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - BUFFALO'S CALAMITY. The Heart of the City Swept by Fire, and a Loss of $2,500,000 Incurred -
    Forty Buildings, Including Two Hotels Burned - A Fireman Killed by Falling Walls - Seventeen Other Persons Hurt.

    BUFFALO, N. Y., Feb. 4 - The... Read MORE...

  • News  1891 - A BIG BLAZE IN BUFFALO. WARNER BROTHERS' NEW BUILDING LAID IN ASHES.
    THE LOSS ON BUILDING AND STOCK IN FOUR STORES ABOUT $300,000, FULLY INSURED - TWO FIREMEN TAKEN FROM THE RUINS DEAD.

    BUFFALO, N. Y., Jan. 23. -... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - HEAVY FIRE IN BUFFALO. FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYS PROPERTY VALUED AT $750,000.
    Buffalo, Dec. 14 - Fire this morning destroyed the Arcade building on Main street, including ROBINSON Musee, SHEAS music hall and several stores,... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Buffalo
    Buffalo, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Erie co., N.Y., is situated at the eastern extremity of Lake Erie, in lat. 42°53' N., lon. 78° ... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - BUILDING COLLAPSED. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED AT BUFFALO, N.Y. ALMOST CRIMINAL CARELESSNESS.
    THE OLD STRUCTURE WAS PROPPED UP FOR REPAIRS, WHEN THE PROPS SUDDENLY GAVE WAY AND A SCORE OR MORE PEOPLE WERE CAUGHT IN THE TRAP.

    NAMES OF THE... Read MORE...

  • 1901 - Pan-American Exposition (Buffalo)
    The Pan-American Exposition was a World's Fair held in Buffalo, New York, United States, from May 1 through November 2, 1901. The fair occupied 350... Read MORE...

  • 1901 - McKinley Assassinated
    President William McKinley is assassinated in Buffalo.
    Location: Inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in... Read MORE...

  • On July 17, 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier designed the first modern air-conditioning system. (Buffalo, NY)

    www.carrier.com
  • News  1911 - $250,000 FIRE IN BUFFALO FACTORY. FIREMEN BATTERED AND BURNED IN FIGHTING TO AVERT BIG EXPLOSION. TWO WOMEN RESCUED.
    THICK SMOKE OVERCOMES DWELLERS IN ADJACENT HOUSE, WHO ARE CARRIED TO SAFETY - SCORE OF FIREMEN BLOWN ACROSS STREET - FLAMES KEPT FROM... Read MORE...

  • News  1913 - Six Men Injured in $100,000 Fire at Buffalo Hotel
    Buffalo, Sept. 17.- Fire which broke out in the plant of Dirnberger Popcorn company, No. 135 Seneca street this morning spread to the Hotel Broezel... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Buffalo, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Erie co., N.Y., is situated at the eastern extremity of Lake Erie, in lat. 42° 53' N., Lon.... Read MORE...

  • 1922 - March 14 - WGR-AM in Buffalo NY begins radio transmissions

    historyorb.com
  • 1927 - August 4 - The Peace Bridge between the U.S. and Canada opens. The 3,580 foot long bridge is located near Buffalo, New York, and crosses the Niagara River.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/
  • 1945 - December 14-17 - A record December snowstorm buried Buffalo, NY, under 36.6 inches of snow, with unofficial totals south of the city ranging up to 70 inches. Travel was brought to a halt by the storm.

    The Weather Channel
  • News  1967 - June 27 - Race riot in Buffalo NY (200 arrested)

    historyorb.com
    June 27, 1967

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