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ERIE COUNTY, NEW YORK
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Welcome to Erie County, New York
I will be adding things as I find the time.
~ Sharon Wick ~


Old County and City Hall
near Buffalo Harbor, NY

A Little History:

     When counties were established by the English colonial authorities in the Province of New York in 1683, present-day Erie County was inhabited by the Iroquois.  Significant colonization by White Americans did not begin until after the United States had gained independence with the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1783. The U.S. forced the Iroquois to cede most of their lands, as many had been allies of the British during the conflict.
     About 1800, the 
Holland Land Company, formed by American businessmen and their Dutch associates, extinguished aboriginal claims by purchasing the land from New York, acquired the title to the territory of what are today the eight westernmost counties of New York, surveyed their holdings, established towns and began selling lots to individuals. The state was eager to attract settlers and have homesteads and businesses developed. At this time, all of western New York was included in Ontario County.
     As the population increased, the state legislature created 
Genesee County in 1802 out of part of Ontario County. In 1808, Niagara County was created out of Genesee County. In 1821, Erie County was created out of Niagara County, encompassing all the land between Tonawanda Creek and Cattaraugus Creek.  The first towns formed in present-day Erie County were the Town of Clarence and the Town of Willink. Clarence and Willink comprised the northern and southern portions of Erie county, respectively. Clarence is still a distinct town, but Willink was quickly subdivided into other towns. When Erie County was established in 1821, it consisted of the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Boston, Clarence, Collins, Concord, Eden, Evans, Hamburg, Holland, Sardinia and Wales.
In 1861, the hamlet of 
Town Line in the Town of Lancaster voted 8540 to secede from the Union.  Town Line never sought admission into the Confederate States of America and there is no evidence that men from the community ever fought for the Confederacy. Some reporting from that time indicates the vote was a joke. On January 24, 1946, as part of a nationally reported event, Town Line voted to officially return to the Union after 85 years of Union secession.
Source:  Wikipedia.org

 

Towns:

* Alden
* Amherst
* Aurora
* Boston
* Brant
* Cheektowaga
* Clarence
* Colden
* Collins
* Concord
* Eden
* Elma
* Evans
* Grand Island
* Hamburg
* Holland
* Lancaster
* Marlla
* Newstead
* North Collins
* Orchard Park
* Sardinia
* Tonawanda
* Wales
* West Seneca

Hamlets:

* Akron Junction
* Alden Center
* Armor
* Alhol Springs
* Bagdad
* Bellevue
* Big Tree
* Blakeley
* Blossom
* Boston
* Bowmansville
* Brant
* Brighton
* Carnegie
* Chaffee
* Clarksburg
* Cleveland Hill
* Clifton Heights
* Collins Center
* Concord
* Creekside
* Crittenden
* Dellwood
* Derby
* Doyle
* Duells Corner
* Dutchtown
* East Amherst
* East Concord
* East Eden
* East Elma
* East Seneca
* Ebenezer
* Eden Valley
* Elliott
* Elma
* Evans Center
* Ferry Village
* Footes
* Forks
* Fowlerville
* Gardenville
* Getzville
* Glenwood
* Green acres
* Griffins Mills
* Holland
* Hunts Corners
* Jerusalem Corners
* Jewettville
* Kenilworth
* lake View
* Langford
* Lawtons
* Locksley Park
* Looneyville
* Loveland
* Marilla
* Marshfield
* Millersport
* Millgrove
* Morton Corners
* Mount Vernon
* Murrays Corner
* New Ebenezer
* New Oregon
* North Bailey
* North Evans
* Oakfield
* Patchin
* Peters Corners
* Pine Hill
* Pinehurst
* Pontiac
* Porterville
* Protection
* Sand Hill
* Sandy Beach
* Scranton
* Sheenwater
* Shirley
* Snyder
* South Cheektowaga
* South Newstead
* South Wales
* Spring Brook
* Swifts Mills
* Taylor Hollow
* Town Line Station
* Swormville
* Walden Cliffs
* Wales Hollow
* Water Valley
* Webster Corners
* Wende
* West Alden
* West Falls
* Weyer
* Williston
* Windom
* Wolcottsburg
* Woodlawn
* Woodside
* Wyandale
* Zoar

Indian Reservations:

* Cattaraugus Reservation
* Tonawanda Reservation

Named for: Eriechronon
Seat: Buffalo
Area: 1,227 sq. mi.
Time Zone: Eastern Time

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Adjacent Counties:
1. Niagara County - North
2. Genesee County - Northeast
3. Wyoming County - Southeast
4. Cattaraugus County - South
5. Chautauqua County - Southwest
6. Niagara Region, Ontario Canada - Northwest


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