Category Archives: Photos

The Sheridan Train Accident of 1893

On December I5, 1893 a frightful railroad disaster occurred on the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad at Herrick’s Creek, two miles east of Dunkirk. The rain and melting snow had raised the water in the creek so that it … Continue reading

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Recalling the 1893 Train Wreck in Jamestown, N.Y.

I was looking through some of the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s photo collection on trains [PDF] and came across two images depicting a train derailment that took place along the Erie Railroad in Jamestown on June 8, 1893. Based on … Continue reading

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World War II Portraits from Globe Studios in Jamestown NY Now Available Online

Do you have a relative (father, grandfather, uncle, etc.) from the Jamestown, N.Y. area who served in WWII? The Chautauqua County Historical Society has over 1250 portraits of local servicemen taken by the Globe Studio photography company during 1943, 1944 … Continue reading

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Are these from Sheridan, New York?

Found some old photographs with some other items.  Information garnered from the collection indicates that these might be from Sheridan, NY.  Anybody out there recognize these?

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The First Bank in Chautauqua County

In 1831, Chautauqua County saw its first bank established. That was the year the Chautauqua County Bank at Jamestown applied for incorporation to the state legislature. According to Andrew Young in his book – History of Chautauqua County, N.Y. (1874) – … Continue reading

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Ice Harvesting on Chautauqua Lake

The commercial ice industry, made possible by the railroad, started in 1871 when the first of six large ice houses were built in Mayville. These were the Chautauqua Lake Ice Co., Pittsburgh Ice Co., Carlson’s Ice, Hopson Ice Co., Cornell … Continue reading

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