This website is dedicated to the early history of the city of Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier mainly through the use of my art. The site will be an ongoing adventure that will cover the periods from La Salle in 1678 to approximately the 1860’s the beginning of photagraphy. I am stopping there as it does not seem to be much fun embellishing what the camera has already recorded. After all history like wine gets better with age. Of course I am a working artist so I will be offering many of my images for sale, hopefully you will find the stories behind the images so compelling that you would like to have the more detailed art prints themselves. I am beginning with a the chapter on Benjamin Rathbun and Buffalo of 1836. Following this will be chapters on La Salle, Buffalo and Black Rock of 1818, and the early steamboats. Being but one person who is in his very senior years, and wearing a dizzying array of hats there will probably be some time before additions can be made to the website. Do not dispair. If I am not working I am thoroughly enjoying the alternative.
ABOUT THIS DOCUMENTARY
I have created this documentary so as to introduce the reader to that wonderful scoundral Benjamin Rathbun and of Buffalo around 1836. The Buffalonians that lived through this decade looked back with loving fondness to their frontier city and the boom and bust excitment of the Rathbun era. Despite the calamity that he caused his trial had to be moved from the city as prosecutors believed that a conviction in Buffalo would not be possible.
If this video tickles your curiosity, please consider reading the article starting below.