A History of Buffalo: Delineating the Evolution of the City, Volume 1

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Progress of the Empire state Company, 1911
 

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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 41 - While the partnership continued, and afterwards when I was alone, we had the agency of a large line of boats on the canal, and vessels on the lake; yet so scarce was western freight that it was difficult to get a full boat-load, although the boats were then of light tonnage. A few tons of freight was all that we could furnish each boat to carry to Albany. This they would take in, and fill up at Rochester; which place, situated in the heart of the wheat-growing district of Western New York, furnished...
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 168 - ... of the city, which are suspected of having on board any pestilential or infectious disease, and all stores and buildings which are suspected to contain unsound provisions or damaged hides, or other articles, and to make report of the state of the same with all convenient speed to the clerk of the board of health.
Page 48 - 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 then were not much thought of for carrying freight ; to this point came the lake, from this went the canal, and here might be the New York of the West ; and so it would have been, but for the coming of railroads to compete with vessels for the carrying trade. It was riot strange that the men here...
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 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 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. In 1837 the immigration was fully as large; there was an average of three steamboats a day, with from 200 to 300 passengers each, and on one occasion in the month of May, 2,400 passengers landed in a single day.
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...

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