Tuesday, September 12, 2006

from the Buffalo News

"A gifted writer offers a marvelous kaleidoscope of stories from American history, bringing to vivid life both well-known and lesser-known stories from 1565 to 2000, and exploring the links between events many years apart."
Quite a long and very nice review. Thank you very much, Buffalo News.

Buffalo was settled as far back as 1780, and probably named after Buffalo Creek, the name used by the local Senecas. With the opening of the Erie Canal, Buffalo became the gateway to the Great Lakes and the interior of the continent, with steamers carrying cargo and passengers to and from Chicago on a trip that took up to twenty days.

The transcontinental railraods somewhat diminished the importance of the canal -- and of Buffalo --to shipping, but nearby Niagara Falls became a tourist mecca when 19th Century travelers developed a fascination with the picturesque. Best Blogger Tips
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