Buffalo's East Side Industry

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When Buffalo was incorporated as a city, the East Side represented a vast forested area and farmland that would one day be booming with industry. By 1832, the beginnings of the major arterials of Genesee, Sycamore, Broadway, William, Clinton, and Seneca were there. These streets were laid out in 1826 and represented the seeds of the East Side's explosive growth. The development of railroads and the Buffalo Belt Line, constructed in 1883, created a semicircle pattern that outlined the East Side. Industries began sprouting up, eager to use their proximity to the belt line to transport wares all over the country. Immigrants from Germany, Poland, and Ireland, along with African Americans from northern and southern states, began establishing their lives around these industries. Access to land, water, roads, and rail lines and eager immigrants and natives looking for work led to the development of Buffalo's East Side industry, an immensely diverse industrial base and workforce.
ISBN: 9781467134897
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Shane E. Stephenson is a full-time business services specialist, a part-time archive and library technician at the Buffalo History Museum, and the owner of Archives in the Buff. Most of the images in this book come from the fine collections at the Buffalo History Museum's research library.