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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Click here to explore the map in all its glory. It has been known for more than 70 years as the giant old building where the City of Buffalo keeps its snow removal equipment, but the history of what we n…

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What would become known as the Seneca-Babcock section of the city sprung from the outgrowth of the Old First Ward and South Buffalo, St. Monica Roman Catholic Church and school was built on Orlando Street in 1913. The building was a utilitarian one, and mirrored very closely similar church/school structures that were springing up in newly populated areas – or areas wher…

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The hamburger has been an American food staple for more than 100 years, and for that entire time, there have been people fighting over who “invented” the hamburger. For the last 30 years, a campaign to claim Hamburg, N.Y., as the birthplace of the hamburger has been raging with enthusiasm, but few facts. After a discussion with a “true Hamburg hamburger believer” sev…

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Click here to explore the map in all its glory. Taken from scaffolding around St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1870, this photo offers a view that would have been familiar to anyone in Buffalo in 1880. St. Pau…

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Think of a joyful weekend ride down a beautiful little country road. Now think of a weekend ride down Transit Road. Driving it today, you might be overwhelmed by the feeling of modern American sprawl, but the road itself was etched into the landscape more than 200 years ago. Work began in 1799, cutting through the wilderness to create a route from Lake Ontario to …

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Over the last couple of years, brick and mortar retail has taken a major hit in Western New York. Sears and K-Mart stores, Radio Shack, Payless Shoes, Toys-R-Us, Macy’s and the Bon Ton have all closed stores or gone out of business. The change in the local and national retail landscape has led area the owners of local shopping malls to reimagine what those malls cou…

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Click here to explore the map in all its glory. Emslie Street hits William Street between Adams and Kretner, for the purposes of looking at our 1880 map. Soon after 1880, the houses that stood on the …

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Hills was still going strong in Buffalo 20 years ago. This is Hills Plaza, Delaware Avenue near Hertel Avenue in 1998. Just the mention of the name Hills conjures up smells of popcorn and roller dogs, washed down with an Icee, of course. Through the '80s and '90s, this was the time of year when Hills was usually the cheapest place to buy back-to-school supplies. Fro…

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When his voice came through the speaker on your radio, you knew you were hearing something you weren't going to hear anywhere else. He was rock 'n' roll even before the phrase rock 'n' roll existed. "The Ol'man," as he often called himself on the air, was an unlikely hero of Buffalo teenagers, but for George "Hound Dog" Lorenz, it was about the music, and bringing r…

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Click here to explore the map. When our 1880 map of Buffalo was first printed, Millard Fillmore had died only six years earlier and was someone who would have been a familiar city father among the people…

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Jimmy Griffin’s dream-turned-reality for a downtown ballpark helped spur the rebirth of a Buffalo neighborhood and nearly brought a major league baseball team to Buffalo. It was doing what might have seemed impossible for Buffalo on the face of it. A new, $56 million baseball stadium right in the middle of city that, over the previous decade, had become the butt of …

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David Rogers, a history buff, revels in Buffalo's past. The CEO and co-founder of Life Storage also calls himself  "sort of a boat guy." So when Rogers read about the Buffalo Maritime Center's plan to build a replica packet boat, like the one used to mark the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, he decided to get on board in a big way. The Clarence resident took a t…

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A computer console used to program the historic 1907 Massey Memorial Pipe Organ at Chautauqua Institution was damaged by fire Tuesday. The fire was likely caused by a short circuit, spokeswoman Emily Morris said. "The full extent of the damage will not be known until our organ repair specialist is able to directly examine the console, but staff have determined the fi…

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There were 33 Tim Horton Donut shops, mostly across Southern Ontario, when the Buffalo Sabres defenseman spoke with Canadian Magazine in 1973. “I devote more of my time to doughnuts now more than hockey,” said the 43-year-old Horton, while still an assistant captain with the Sabres. He was pumping his entire $125,000-per-year NHL salary into expanding the doughnut busin…