Western New York

Western New York (HMGBL)

Location: Angola, NY 14006 Erie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 38.174', W 78° 59.381'

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Historic New York

Following La Salle's arrival at the Niagara River in 1678, that waterway between Lakes Erie and Ontario became a natural route to and from the river during the 18th century. Permanent settlement of the Western New York began in 1800 following the three-million-acre purchase by the Holland Land Company. The company's agent, Joseph Ellicott, surveyed the purchase and laid out Buffalo.

Western New York developed rapidly following completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, and Buffalo became an important transportation crossroads. The Erie Railroad, completed in 1851 connected Lake Erie with the Hudson River and was the first railroad to cross the state.

As a leading milling and manufacturing center, Buffalo attracted many immigrants from Germany, Poland, Italy and Hungary. The area possesses several educational and cultural institutions, and Buffalo is the state's second largest city.

Grape cultivation began in 1834 in the Chautauqua region which has become famous for it's production of juice and jellies. At Fredonia was founded in 1873 the Women's Christian Temperance Union. In 1874, the Chautauqua Institution began an educational program which brought music, drama and lectures to communities throughout the nation.
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series, and the New York: Historic New York series.
Placed ByEducation Department - State of New York 1965, NTS Thruway Authority
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 12:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 664823 N 4722379
Decimal Degrees42.63623333, -78.98968333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 38.174', W 78° 59.381'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 38' 10.44" N, 78° 59' 22.86" W
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Area Code(s)716
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, Angola NY 14006, US
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