Historical Markers in
Niagara County, New York

150th Anniversary 1848 Root House 30 Mile Point Lighthouse 500 Center Street Archaeological Site A Bridge to Freedom A Feat of Engineering A Solemn Tribute to the Men and Women of Wilson who Served Aaron Mossell Abdullah Academy 1850-70 Admiral's Way Alumni Hall / Chapel Asher Freeman Bailo Hall (1992) Barge Tie Ups & lock view looking west Barker Veterans Memorial Barton House Beach Treasures Belva Lockwood Bergholz Betsy Doyle Big Bridge Billy Sherman Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail Birthplace of Private Ira S. Pettit Brick Kiln Bridge Ruins Bridges of Niagara British Forces Landed at Mouth of 4 Mile Creek British Landing Bulkhead Canal Bridge No. E-220 Canal Bridge No. E-224 Canal Bridge No. E-225 Canal Comparisons Canal Tow Path Capture of Fort George Cataract House Cave of the Winds and Bridal Veil Falls Cave of the Winds Elevator Challenging the Whirlpool Rapids Chase-Crowley-Keep House Chase-Hubbard-Williams House Chestnut Ridge Chestnut Ridge - Lewiston Road Church Site of First Christian Society of Royalton City of Lockport Medal of Honor Recipients Clet Hall, Marillac Hall, Laboure Hall Clute-Phillips Post 938 Veterans Memorial Cobblestone House Cobblestone House Cobblestone House Cobblestone School Col. W. M. Bond House Cold Springs Cemetery Combat Wounded Veterans Controlling Water in the Erie Canal Corner of Pettit and Bay Street Crapsey Homestead David Barker Day into Night DEC. 19th, 1813 Dedicated in Memory / In Honor of CPL Nicholas Deisinger Dedicated to the Memory of Those Who Made the Greatest Sacrifice Dedicated to the Men and Women Dickersonville Cemetery Dole House Donnelly Point Douglas C-47 "Skytrain" Dueling Cannons Dunleavy Hall Early Church Early Home Eddy Basin Electric Building Erected to the Memory Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar" Father Pierre Millet Field of La Belle Famille Fighting for Homeland Fillmore-Halstead Cemetery First Baptist Church First Lockport Residents Killed in World Wars I and II First Presbyterian Church First School House First Schoolhouse Foghorn, Pier, and Beacon Tower For God and Country Forsyth-Warren Farm Fort Demler Fort Joncaire Fort Niagara's P.O.W. Camp Fort Niagara's Rifle Range Fort Schlosser Fowler Sawmill Fox Point Battery Freedom Crossing Monument Funeral Parlor Gacioch Family Alumni and Admissions Center Gad Pierce Tavern Gasport Gertrude Warren Goat Island Goat Island Flora Grain Mills Grand Erie Canal Grand View Great Gorge Railway Trail Greenwood Greenwood Cemetery Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park Hartland Central Cemetery Hartland Corners Height, Sight, and Flight / The Niagara River Corridor Important Bird Area Hennepin Hall Hennepin Park Hennepin View Herschell-Spillman Steam Boiler Historic Falls Portage Historic Fittings Hojack Park Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church Complex Home of James Van Horn Horsepower House at 8 Berkley Drive Howell's Tavern Hydraulic Race Control Gates In Commemoration of the Rush - Bagot Treaty In Honor of All Marines and FMF Corpsmen In Honor of the Soldiers, Sailors & Marines In Honor of Those Who Served In Memory of Joseph E. Darlak, SKIc In Memory of Robert J. Clark In Memory of Stephan Butski, U.S.M.C. In Memory of the Men of the Town of Wheatfield In Memory of Thomas F. Hopkins In Memory of Those Who for Their Splendid Spirit of Duty Island X-8 NSVA Jacob Fitts Johnson Creek Kelsey Tavern Kiddie Whistle Pig Ferris Wheel Kiwanians Promoting Peace La Belle Famille La Belle Famille La Salle La Salle Built the Griffon Lafayette's Tour Lake Island Park Lake Island Park, Wintergreen Island, Tugwell Island & Clark Island Lake Ontario Lake Shore Rarities Lake Street and Young Street Lakeview Lewiston Academy Lewiston Mound Life on the Barges Lighthouse Buildings Little Yellow House - 1816 Lock 71 Forebay Lock Construction Lock Tenders Tribute Lockport Lockport Bank Lockport City Hall Lockport Federal Building Lockport Locks Lockport Municipal Building Lockport War Memorial Lockport YWCA Building Log Cabin Lower Landing Archeological District Lower Lock Construction Lumber Port Luna Island Luther Haven Lynch Hall (1927), O'Donoughue Hall (1909) Magasin à Poudre Major J. Morrison Massacre On Wake Island McClew Farm McClintock Loomis Clock Middleport Veterans Memorial Mill District Morgan Johnson House Morrow Plaza Navy Seabees Vietnam Memorial Navy Seabees World War II Memorial Niagara 1979, by Gene Davis, Reinstallation Niagara County Courthouse Niagara County Medal of Honor Monument Niagara Falls Medal of Honor Memorial Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial Niagara Gorge Important Bird Area Niagara Gorge Industrial Heritage Niagara Gorge Natural History Niagara Gorge R.R. Niagara River Corridor Important Bird Area Niagara's Industrial Beginnings and the Establishment of the State Reservation Nik Wallenda & Niagara Nikola Tesla North Ridge Methodist Episcopal Church North Tonawanda Oak Hill and Scovell Knoll Oak Wood Lock Flooring Oakwood Cemetery Olcott Amusement Park Olcott Beach Old Blockhouse Old City Hall Old Fort Niagara Old Fort Niagara Old Fort Niagara Cannon Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Old Locks West Old Stone Chimney Once Around is Never Enough One Country and One Flag Opera Hall Original Niagara Grape Vine O'Connell Island O'Shea Hall (1967), Seton Hall (1970) Pallister House Park and Harbor Streets Park Place Historic District Pastimes and Parkways Pendleton Pendleton Veterans Pettit Street and Chestnut Street Pomeroy School Port of Entry Marker and Wilson Boat House Portage Road Portage Road POW Camp - WW II Prospect Point Viewing Area Protecting Our Shared Waters Proud Tribute is Here Paid Quaker Cemetary Quaker Meeting House / Quaker Cemetery Randall Road Cemetery Randall Road Schoolhouse Ransomville Hospital Ransomville Schools Raymond P. Klimek Veterans Park Replica of the Statue of Liberty Residence of Washington Hunt Reuben Wilson Rexford G. Tugwell Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant Turbine Roll of Honor Roller Mill Rope Marks in Iron Railings Salt Spring Schooner Fleetwing Shaeffer Cemetery Site of First Christian Society of Royalton Site of First House Site of Hustler's Tavern Site of Log House Built in 1818 by Reuben Wilson Site of Salt Battery Site of Stone Marking the Northernmost Point of the Transit Surveyed by Joseph Ellicott Soldier's Memorial SSG. Aram J. Bass St. John's Episcopal Church St. Vincent's Hall Suspension Bridge Tollhouse Sweeney Cemetery Swigert's Evaporator Tabor Bridge Taylor House The Battle of La Belle Famille The Battle of Queenston Heights The Battle of Queenston Heights The Bewley Building The Birth of Hydro Electric Power The Boundary Waters Treaty The Buttery Elevators The C-119G "Flying Boxcar" The Carnegie Building The Cave of the Winds The Cibola Anchor The Cradles The Erie Barge Canal at Lockport The Falls View Bridges The First People to See the Falls The First Religious Society of Lewiston The Government Piers at Twelve Mile Creek, Wilson, New York The Great American Canal The Great Cataract of Niagara The Great Gorge Route The Grounds of this Canal The Gully and Portage Road The Ice Boom The Kandt Home The Lewiston Mound The Long and The Short House The Lower Landing The Lowertown Historic District The Lowertown Historic District The Magazin Royale The Most Combat Decorated World War II Soldier The Niagara Falls Power Company The Niagara Grape The Niagara Portage The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West The Niagara River Portage and the Old Stone Chimney The Parting of the Waters The Power of Niagara The Power of the American Rapids The Power Portal The Red Coach Inn / Annex Building The Seminary of Our Lady of Angels The Siege of Fort Niagara The Site of El Dorado Hotel The Site of John Young Store The Site Of Niagara Poultry Farm The Site of W.H.H. Ransom & Sons, The Sluice and Hall Spillway The Watson House The Willingness to Sacrifice The "Castle" of Fort Niagara The "Deep Cut" at Lockport The "Highspeed Line" The “Big Bridge” Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse This Memorial Thomas V. Welch Those Who Served in the World War Three Sisters Islands To the Memory To The River To Those Who Served Toll Gate Hill Tom Kelly Rustic Theatre Toronto Skyline Tour Boat Then & Now Town of Hartland World War I and World War II Memorial Town of Niagara Civil War Memorial Tragedy at Devil's Hole / Natural History of Devil's Hole Traveler's Home Trinity Complex Tuscarora Heroes Monument Tuscaroras Defend Lewiston Against 1813 British Attack U.S. Navy Seabee Veterans U.S. Navy Seabees - Where They Served Underground Railroad Station #6 United States Army United States Custom House United States Marines Unknown Defenders of Old Fort Niagara Upper Locks View Upson Park Varsity Village (1939), Timon Hall (1952) Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Vietnam Memorial in Memory of 1st Lt. Michael E. Witkop W.H. Upson Coal Company Building Washington Hunt Washington Hunt Law Office Welcome to Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park Welcome to Ida Fritz Park Welcome to Schoellkopf Power Station No.3 Welcome to Whirlpool State Park Welcome to Wilson-Tuscarora State Park Whirlpool Rapids Whitney Mansion Wilson Collegiate Institute 1845 Wilson Harbor World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant Wyndham Lawn “Lockport Flight of Five”
The first capital of the United States was actually located in New York City, from 1785 to 1790. The city also served as the temporary capital while Washington, D.C. was being built.
Niagara County, located in western New York, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Iroquois, Seneca, and Tuscarora. They utilized the region's abundant natural resources and lived in harmony with the land. European exploration of the area began in the 17th century with French explorers, followed by British and American settlers.

In the 18th century, the area was an important battleground during the French and Indian War, with both British and French forces vying for control. The British ultimately gained control of the region, and it became part of the Province of New York. Following the American Revolution, Niagara County was established in 1808 as one of the original counties of the state.

The construction of the Erie Canal in the early 19th century played a significant role in shaping the county's history. The canal opened up trade and transportation routes, leading to increased settlement and economic growth. The Niagara Falls became a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world.

Throughout the 20th century, Niagara County experienced industrial development, particularly in the manufacturing and chemical industries. However, the area also faced challenges such as economic downturns and environmental concerns. Efforts have been made in recent years to revitalize the region's economy and promote sustainable practices.

Today, Niagara County continues to be a vibrant area with diverse industries, cultural attractions, and natural beauty. It remains a popular destination for tourists, with attractions like Niagara Falls, historic sites, and wineries. The county's history is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of its residents, who have continued to shape and define the region over the centuries.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Niagara County, New York.

  • 1678 - French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle claims the Niagara region for France
  • 1721 - The French establish the first trading post in the area, known as Fort Niagara
  • 1764 - British forces capture Fort Niagara during the French and Indian War
  • 1781 - The Sullivan Expedition passes through the region during the American Revolution, destroying Native American villages
  • 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the American Revolution and ceding the region to the newly-formed United States
  • 1808 - Niagara County is established as a county in New York State
  • 1829 - The Erie Canal is completed, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and bringing increased trade and development to the region
  • 1856 - The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, the first bridge across the Niagara River, is completed
  • 1885 - The Niagara Power Company begins generating electricity using the Niagara Falls, marking the beginning of the region's role in hydroelectric power
  • 1927 - The Water Pollution Control Laboratory is established in Niagara County, becoming a leader in water pollution research
  • 1956 - The construction of the Niagara Power Project begins, later becoming one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the United States
  • 1996 - The Niagara Wine Trail is established, promoting the region's growing wine industry
  • 2003 - The Seneca Niagara Casino opens, bringing tourism and gaming to the area