Our History page provides a brief chronology of the rich and wonderful history of Buffalo, NY and its surrounding region. You will also find some resources to help you explore our history in depth.See our Events Index page for year indexed information.
Some useful history resources include:
- History of Buffalo, NY on Wikipedia
- History section of Buffalo, NY on Wikipedia
- Buffalo History on Niagara.edu Library
- Erie County History on Niagara.edu Library
- Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
- Historic Landmarks - our lists of historical landmarks in the area
- Google Books Buffalo History Search
"The history of Erie County begins about the year 1620, when the first Europeans visited its vicinity. In that year three French Catholic missionaries came to instruct the Indians living in Canada, northwestward of this locality. ... (the county ) was not organized with its present name and boundaries until 1821." 1
The City of Buffalo and Erie County began in the early years of the 19th century, were impacted by the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, saw growth from the development of the steam powered grain eleavator, and became an important part of the Underground Railroad.
During the second half of the 19th century, the Buffalo area developed a commercial agricultural and industrial economy. As a stopping point for immigrants headed west, the city took on a reputation for its Buffalo Girls ("won't you come out tonight").