Hamburg, New York (Images of America Series)

Overview

Hamburg has grown in all directions since its first settler, John Cummings, came to Water Valley in 1806 and built his mill on the banks of Eighteen Mile Creek. Hamburg's early settlements frequently changed their names as they grew.

Jacob Wright's 1808 tavern at Abbott's Corners developed into Armor, and the 1811 brick gristmill of the Smith brothers became known as Smithville and then White's Corners, before it grew into Hamburg village. The train stop in northern Hamburg ...

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Overview

Hamburg has grown in all directions since its first settler, John Cummings, came to Water Valley in 1806 and built his mill on the banks of Eighteen Mile Creek. Hamburg's early settlements frequently changed their names as they grew.

Jacob Wright's 1808 tavern at Abbott's Corners developed into Armor, and the 1811 brick gristmill of the Smith brothers became known as Smithville and then White's Corners, before it grew into Hamburg village. The train stop in northern Hamburg received its name when postmaster Heman Blasdell hung a sign bearing his last name on the hamlet's tiny railroad shanty.

Using more than 200 stunning photographs and postcards, including many never published before, Hamburg records the excitement of life in this community in days gone by. Rich with images of Hamburg's golden years of growth and prosperity at the beginning of the twentieth century, the book brings back some of the town's lost architecture: the B.M. Fish Dry Goods Store, Biehler's Tea Room, the Hamburg Academy, and Kopp's Opera House, where large gatherings, such as the Hamburg Free Library Annual Ball, were held. It shows the reported birth of the hamburger at the Erie County Fair and revisits the lazy summer days at Woodlawn Beach. It even captures a gang of pig rustlers who terrorized Blasdell in 1906.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738504865
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,407,032
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

In Hamburg, John R. Edson combines vintage photographs from the collections of the Hamburg Historical Society and the Hamburg town historian with postcard views of Hamburg, which once were mailed all around the country. A librarian and a graduate of Canisius College, the author blends the exciting stories of Hamburg's people with the early look of this beautiful town to create a unique and valuable history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2000

    History of Hamburg, New York comes to life!

    Hamburg librarian Jack Edson has written this 218 page, richly illustrated history of Hamburg, Blasdell and Woodlawn, NY. Using 205 vintage photographs and postcards, the book recreates life in Hamburg during its heyday during the 1900-1920 era.

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