| in a nut shell..
1800 New Amsterdam the village has approximately twenty buildings including three blacksmith shops, two taverns, a drugstore and a jail
1808 The Village of New Amsterdam is officially named Buffalo
1813 On New Year's Eve, 200 British soldiers burn Black Rock and Buffalo
1825 Erie Canal is open
1839 The bicycle is invented
1842 the first U. S. steam-powered grain elevator is built at Buffalo by Joseph Dart
1855 Buffalo is the busy grain port in the world - the worlds most important commodity.
1860 The Erie Canal is becoming obsolete because of railroad competition.
1900 Buffalo is the 2nd largest railroad terminus in US the Erie Canal is virtually obsolete.
1960 St. Lawrence Seaway opens ocean freighters bypass Buffalo