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Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, Vol. 1, Soft-Cover Edition

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Back cover summary: Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, New York

From a backwater village on the Erie Canal to a world-renowned lumber distribution and manufacturing center, the growth of the twin cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda resonates with the sounds of a growing nation. By the beginning of the 20th century, the little village of Tonawanda had expanded into two cities, one on each side of the canal, with a burgeoning population of European immigrants and a landscape overwhelmed by industry.

In Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, over 200 photographs, many never before published, transport the reader from 1860 to 1960 as the influx of immigrants and industry transformed the landscape and character of western New York. The images speak of rich lumber barons, craftsmen, inventors, bankers, and entrepreneurs with names like Rand, Richardson, Herschell, Spillman, Wurlitzer, and White. Photographs capture manufacturing products from silk garments to office equipment, pig iron to boats and automobiles, carousel horses to player pianos, and shingles to paper.

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the Historical Society of the Tonawandas proudly presents these vintage photographs from their collection of over 8,000 indexed images. All written material was meticulously researched by society members using the extensive resources available at their museum.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

  • ISBN-13 978-0-7385-7423-3
  • ISBN-10 0-7385-7423-6

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