Who Was Annie Edson Taylor? (Part 1)

Niagara Falls Posts

  October 24th, 2016 was the 115th anniversary of Annie Edson Taylor’s death-defying barrel plunge over Niagara Falls. To mark the occasion, I wanted to read a book about Annie’s life, but I was surprised to discover that there aren’t many factual, in-depth biographies about her in existence —  in fact, Annie’s own autobiography is somewhat inaccurate. I tried to find …

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The Phoenix as a Symbol in Buffalo

Places

The phoenix has been a common emblem in Buffalo for over two hundred years. The infamous steamship Phoenix was built in Buffalo in 1845. The Phoenix Hotel once stood on Main street between Broadway and Mohawk before being demolished in 1865. There was also Phoenix Iron Works, Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance, Phoenix Bank, and Phoenix …

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Mansion House

Places

Mansion House The Mansion House was located at 169 Main St., on the corner of Main and Crow (now named Exchange) streets. In 1804, the parcel of land on which the Mansion House would later be built was sold as “lot 1” for $140; it was later deeded to Joseph Landon at that price.1 In …

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Washington Market

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Washington Market Established in 1856, the Washington Market (also known as the Chippewa Market) was Buffalo’s oldest public retail market. The market covered roughly two and a half acres, and accommodated over 400 stalls. From Gwen Ito, “A look back at the Washington Market,” Buffalo Spree (Buffalo: Buffalo Spree Publishing, May 2013): Reflecting Old World …

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Moffat Flour Mills

Places

Moffat Flour Mills At the western end of the block, for very many years, was Moffat’s Brewery, established in 1833. After the Volstead Act put the brewery out of commission it was converted into a flour mill. The “Moffat Flour Mills,” were incorporated and a sign, “Moffat Flour Mills,” was painted on the Mohawk street …

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