U.S.A. facts & history in brief
Buffalo in New York State, U.S. is a major inland
port, rail junctions and important commercial, industrial
and the western terminus of the New York State Barge
Buffalo was first settled in 1780 by the Seneca Indian
tribe and was called Buffalo Creek after a nearby stream.
The name may be a corruption of beau fleuve, French
for "beautiful river", or buffaloes may have used it
as a watering hole.
Buffalo went through a rapid development after the completion
of the Erie Canal in 1825, becoming a major distribution
point between the East and America's western frontier.
The commissioning of the hydroelectric generators at
Niagara Falls in the 1890s spurred further development
and soon became the country's important flour-milling
Industrial development of the city was accelerated by
the construction of the St Lawrence Seaway and shipping
activity after its completion in 1959.
The city's large harbour facilities, abundance of hydroelectric
power from the nearby Niagara Falls and easy access
to raw materials, like grains, coal, and iron ore helped
Buffalo's continued flourishing as a leading flour-milling
and car manufacturing centre.
The State University of New York is at Buffalo.
Some of the places of interest are the house where Theodore
Roosevelt took the presidential oath, and the grave
of Red Jacket, a leader of the Seneca tribe.
Presidents Millard Fillmore was a former resident as
was Grover Cleveland who also served as mayor of the
The Buffalo Bills football team play at the Rich Stadium
and the Buffalo Sabres ice hockey team plays at Memorial
Population about half million.
Very nice city.
Hui Chin and I enjoyed Buffalo very much.
I liked how a city can hang on or resurrect and glorify
the old time trams or 'streetcars' as they are known
in the States.
We couldn't resist having a few rides on it.
If I remember right it was free.
Or was it?
Or does it matter?
Our sightseeing was very educational, rewarding and
The neglect or dereliction on the fringes of Downtown
especially the main road (You know what it is called,
probably better than I do, I don't.) was a bit disappointing.
Next time I visit the city they will be all gone, replaced
by nice 'skyscrapers', I suppose.
You can click on
these photos for an enlargement.
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