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Located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, Batavia was an important area hundreds of years before Columbus arrived in America. Two long Indian trails converged here at what is known as the Great Meeting Place: one leading from Lake Erie to the Hudson River and the other from Lake Erie to the Susquehanna River. With more than 200 stunning images, Batavia recounts the history of the area from the early settlement at the Great Bend of the Ton-ne-wan-ta to the vibrant city that Batavia is today. The book tells the story of the Holland Land Company and its connection to the American Revolution; the railroads and their importance to the industrial growth of the city; and the urban renewal of the later 1900s, as well as the more current architectural restoration projects.
About the Author
Author Barbara Ann Toal, an employee of the City of Batavia, is affiliated with the Holland Land Office and the Genesee County History Department. She received many of the images and stories for Batavia from local citizens who generously opened their homes and collections to her, as well as from the Holland Land Office and the Genesee County History Department. Selecting the best photographs, postcards, and drawings, she blended them with detailed narrative to produce a work that is sure to fascinate and enlighten both young and old.
Table of Contents
|1.||Early Inhabitants, Early Development||9|
|2.||Establishing Community Living||27|
|3.||Business, Schools, and Transportation||41|
|4.||Sports and Other Events||59|
|6.||Agriculture and Fresh Ideas||89|
|7.||Progress and Pride||101|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you have ever lived in the small city of Batavia, New York, this book is for you. A pictorial history of the city takes the reader from the pioneer settlement of the early 1800s, through Batavia's railroad-spurred industrial growth, the dreadful 'urban removal' period, and on to the Batavia of today. The crisp photos are accompanied by concise, informative captions. Enjoy this slice of local history.