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Hi!  I just wanted to say that I have been overwhelmed the last few weeks with the feedback I’ve been receiving from people regarding my blog.  I guess the blog was posted on various facebook pages and I’ve had amazing readership numbers the last two weeks!   I really love doing the research and telling some of Buffalo’s stories.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  I started this blog mainly as a way for me to tell some of my favorite stories.  My friends often get bored with me talking their ears off about my favorite Buffalonians, so I decided to start writing.  The feedback has been amazing, and has inspired me in so many ways.  One of the things I love about our city is that we all really seem to care about it.  So thanks to everyone who has shared my blog, retweeted my tweets about it, and told their friends about it.  I really do appreciate it!

In case you haven’t yet noticed, at the top of the page, I have added a few pages.  There’s a page called “What Is This All About” which discusses the basic premise behind the blog, an  “About Me” for you all to learn a little bit more about myself,  and finally a Street Index so that you could more easily search for entries on specific streets.  Remember, you can request any streets at any time!  If you’ve requested streets, I’ve added them to my queue and will be getting to them shortly.

Additionally, I added a link  for the RSS feed in case you’d like to subscribe that way, and there is also a place where you can subscribe by email.

I will start updating more regularly again very soon.  I’m moving into the Hotel Lafayette on May 1st.  I’m very excited to be living into such a historically important building, and to be a part of the resurgence of Downtown Buffalo.  Once I’m settled in, I figure that I will be able to do much more research, as I will be right next door to the library.

In the meantime, please let me know if there’s any streets you’re particularly interested in.  And here’s a little tidbit of information:  Today (April 20, 2012) is Buffalo’s 180th Birthday!   The City was incorporated in 1832, and the legislation passed the Assembly and the Senate in April of that year.  If you’re interested, you can read the first charter here.   Make sure you take a second this weekend to wish our fair city the happiest of birthdays.

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Lafayette Avenue runs approximately 2 miles from west to east across the center of Buffalo, from Main Street to Niagara Street.  Lafayette Avenue crosses both Gates Circle and Colonial Circle.  The street was originally named Bouck Avenue.   There was a Governor of New York, William Bouck, but don’t quote me on it being named after him.  Before he was Governor, Bouck was involved in the building of the Erie Canal; his job was to bring the money to the workers in the western portion of the state.

Lafayette Square, located at Main Street between Broadway and Clinton, was originally laid out by Joseph Ellicott in 1804.  Lafayette Square was known in those days as Courthouse Square.  The Courthouse was located where the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library is currently located.

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