Rare Historic Buffalo Photo Annie Edson Taylor

Who Was Annie Edson Taylor? (Part 1)

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 biographical…

Phoenix Brewery Buffalo History

The Phoenix as a Symbol in Buffalo

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…

buffalo history Walk-in-the-Water ship

Today in History: August 23 – The Walk-in-the-Water Begins its Maiden Voyage

The Walk-in-the-Water was the first passenger steamboat to operate on Lake Erie. On August 23, 1818 the Walk-in-the-Water launched from Black Rock on its maiden voyage.1 Supposedly named after a Wyandot chief, the Walk-in-the-Water was rigged as a two-masted schooner “135 feet long, 32 feet wide, and with a depth of of just under 9…

Mansion House

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…

Washington Market

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…

Mohawk and Morgan Buffalo New York History

Moffat Flour Mills

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…

Westminster Community House

Westminster Community House Westminster Community House was established on Buffalo’s East Side in 1894, the second settlement house in the United States. The women of Westminster held their first Linen Sale in 1899 for the purpose of raising funds for the work of Westminster House. In the years which followed, substantial monies were raised by…

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church The church, located on 724 Delaware Avenue, was founded in 1854. From Westminster Buffalo “A History of Westminster: 1854-1994”: The Early Years: 1854-1892 Forty North Street area residents founded Westminster Church on September 3, 1854, with deep Christian commitment and great faith in the future of Buffalo. With ten members of First…

Buffalo Savings Bank

Buffalo Savings Bank Buffalo Savings Bank was chartered in 1846. It was the first savings bank in the city of Buffalo. From 1846 to 1852, the bank was located in a small, rented office on the corner of Main Street and Erie.1 In 1852, the bank moved to a four-story brick building on Main Street,…

Phoenix Hotel

Phoenix Hotel The Phoenix Hotel building was built in 18161 by Oziel Smith2 on the east side of Main Street, between Broadway and Mohawk. It was located at 361 to 365 Main Street, on the former site of the house belonging to Mrs. Lovejoy,3 who died during the burning of Buffalo in 1813, and directly…