Ansley Wilcox at Theodore Roosevelt’s Inauguration

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Ansley Wilcox (January 27, 1856 – January 26, 1930) was a successful Buffalo lawyer, a friend of Theodore Roosevelt, and an occupant of 641 Delaware Avenue, where Roosevelt’s Presidential inauguration took place on September 14, 1901 after President William McKinley’s tragic assassination at Buffalo’s Pan-American Exposition. According to Wilcox’s biography on Corporate law was his …

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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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Today in History: November 30 – Electricity in Buffalo!

Buffalo 1876-1900 Posts

On November 30, 1886, the first commercially-operated alternating current central station in the US starts service in Buffalo, NY. The generator, located in the Brush Electrical Plant on Wilkeson street, supplied power to the Adam, Meldrum, and Anderson department store on Main street. AM&A’s was the first business in the city to use electric lights. Read more …

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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 …

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Today in History: September 5 – President McKinley’s Last Speech

Pan-American Exposition

Thomas Edison filmed President William McKinley’s last public speech, given at the Pan-American Exposition on September 5, 1901. The Edison film company catalog describes the film: “In this picture we present a wonderful and life-like likeness of President McKinley. He first walks upon the platform, escorting Mrs. McKinley, whom he very reverently shows to a …

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