Prior to civilization, the land of Buffalo was inhabited by Iroquois tribes. It was first settled as a fishing village in 1789, and officially founded as a town in 1801. It was named after nearby Buffalo Creek, though how the creek recieved its name is debated. A common belief is that the name was inspired by the bison that once roamed the area.
Today, Buffalo is known for its proximity to Niagara Falls, its economy, riverfront, quality of life, and transportation systems.
People Born in Buffalo
Buffalo in People's Lives
Hanna Merjos: I visited here in 2015.
Jack London: After having become a tramp due to hard times and being unable to find a job back in my hometown of Oakland, California, I was arrested for vagrancy in 1894, at the age of 18, and was sent all the way here just to spend 30 days in prison. I was imprisoned at the Erie County Penitentiary, where I had a horrific experience. I would later write in my memoirs that I was shocked and gravely shaken by what I saw there, but did not go into detail, calling whatever had occurred "unprintable" and "undescribable." After being let out of jail, I traveled back to Oakland as a hobo.