The Progress of the Empire State: The History of Buffalo

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Charles Arthur Conant
Progress of the Empire State Company, 1913
 

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Page 98 - O'Hara, however, could execute as well as plan. He packed his flour and provisions in barrels suitable for salt. These were reserved in his contract. Arrangements were made with the manufacturers, and the necessary advances paid to secure a supply of salt. Two vessels were built, one on Lake Erie and one on Lake Ontario ; and the means of transportation on all the various sections of the line were secured. The plan fully succeeded, and salt of a pretty fair quality was delivered at Pittsburg, and...
Page 98 - This was a project that few men would have thought of, and fewer undertaken. The means of transportation had to be created on the whole line; boats and teams had to be provided to get the salt from the works to Oswego; a vessel built to transport it to the landing below the falls; wagons procured to carry it to Schlosser ; then boats constructed to carry it to Black Rock.
Page 98 - ... gone. The trade opened by this man, whose success was equal to his merits, and who led the way in every great enterprise of the day, was extensively prosecuted by others. A large amount of capital was invested in Salt ; trade and the means of transportation so greatly increased, that in a few years the Pittsburg market was supplied with Onondaga Salt, at twelve dollars per barrel of five bushels.
Page 138 - God did make the place and its surroundings; the wooded ridge gently sloping toward the sun, the lake stretching far away to the west, and pouring its unceasing flood along the majestic Niagara, close by, — the Canada shore, the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus hills, and the high lands of Evans, Aurora and Wales, all together, as seen from the Reservoir on Niagara Street, is a noble panorama. I love to take strangers to see it. God made these surroundings and background to relieve and set off our city's...
Page 48 - Webster's wharf, more than thirty feet high, and upon the top of it sat as many as a dozen Senecas, men and women, they too, with the rest of us, gazing with astonishment at this sudden flood of life sweeping over them, coming they knew not whence, and going they knew not whither. It was marvellous ! Land was wanted ; land to stand upon, land to speculate with ; land was gold ! And then it seemed that all the opening West was to come with its harvest contributions floating right to Buffalo. Railroads...
Page 41 - ... ninety steamboat arrivals, each boat loaded with passengers. The roads to the interior were literally thronged with wagons. A careful estimate made in June by a citizen showed that one wagon left the city every five minutes during the twelve hours of daylight.
Page 47 - Common-sense was seen, with foolish and enraged look, staring at the floating vapors. The mania of speculation here was not so strange, — there was foundation to stand upon. From the opening of the canal, in 1825, there was a rush of western emigration through Buffalo ; each year it grew greater than before ; the canal was crowded ; hotels all full ; warehouses groaned under their burdens ; vessels and steamers could not be built fast enough for the demands of business. I was here in the autumn...
Page 55 - The winter of 1836-1837 was the coldest and the longest I have ever experienced. Navigation did not open until the end of May, and the ice did not entirely disappear from the lake until June loth. We were literally ice-bound that winter, and as there were no means of transportation except by stage-coach or sleighing, everybody stayed at home, contributing to the general pleasure. Buffalo was at this time preeminently a social center. The guests were often not a few from Batavia, LeRoy, Lewiston,...
Page 142 - But as it has turned out, we have received a largess of favor from his liberal designing, — he gave to the city a good, comely face. But many of us can .remember when the face of Buffalo was rather rough, and parts of the year too dirty with mire for washing to do any good. Main Street was as broad as Mr. Ellicott laid it out, but its mud was said to have no bottom. I have seen teams sloughed on Mohawk Street, near Delaware ; and one team I remember seeing sunk so deep, that it seemed to be going...
Page 26 - The cavalry will scour the fields from Black Rock to the bridge, and suffer no idle spectators. "While embarking the music will play martial airs. Yankee Doodle will be the signal to get under way.

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