From the Cooney Archives: This Day in History

On February 14, 1937, the Old Bakery Oven found as Bellinger Block is razed on North Ann Street. Chief Cooney’s scrapbooks indicate it was in use 70 years ago, when A E Bellinger operated a bakery here.

1822 AQUEDUCT | A BRIDGE FOR BOATS

On December 1, 1853, John Burnham was attempted to cross the aqueduct on the side without rails, slipped on the ice, and fell 20 or 25 feet to his death upon the rocks below.

Circa 1911 Italian Immigrant workers of the Little Falls - Dolgeville Railroad

ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS FIND THEIR WAY TO LITTLE FALLS

On November 1, 1891, forty-eight Italians arrived in Little Falls from Buffalo to work on the Little Falls–Dolgeville Railroad.

Harry Burrell's home at 664 East Main Street | Present-day Verizon Telephone Co.

Home Of The First U.S. Open Air Cheese Market

Jonathan Burrell and his family were influential in making Little Falls the cheese capital of the United States and beyond.

Hill Side Farm | Eatonville, NY | Present -day 173 Dise Road, with the property owned by Barbara Pelzer. He purchased the farm on June 1, 1858, for the sum of $1,220. His grandparents, Honorable Evans and Phebe Belknap Wharry, bought this land near Little Falls, NY in 1785.

Home Of The First U.S. Open Air Cheese Market

DID YOU KNOW…Xerxes Willard wrote articles on the activities of the cheese industry at Little Falls, for the Utica Morning Herald & Daily Gazette, which were read by cheese producers, buying agents and merchants, eventually leading to Little Falls becoming the hub for the Cheese Market?

The 4 short Red Arrows show the Locations of the 1825 Erie Canal Locks | E36 : Lock 36, known as the Mile Lock, which had a mule shed, where mules could be rented; E37 : Lock 37, which was known as the Van Allen’s Lock, which was a mechanics drydock that was used for boat repairs; E38 : Lock 38, which was known as Perry’s Lock: and E39 : Lock 39, which was known as Leigh’s Lock. | The route of the 1825 Erie Canal is shown on the map with a dotted line on the south side of the Loomis, Seeley and Moss Island | Also marked on the map is a longer Red Arrow marking the location of the 1822 Aqueduct | Circled in Red is the 1795 Guard Lock of the Western Inland Lock Navigation Canal, with the canal path shown on the map with Black Dots, that also includes the 5 lift locks, shown with the symbol of

THE MAGNIFICENT MILE: PORTAGE TO PRESENT GRAND ERIE CANAL: 1825 PART III

The Western Inland Lock Navigation Canal (WILNC) was the catalyst for growth in the Mohawk Valley and of the western frontier in the late 1790s.

1795 Guard Lock

THE MAGNIFICENT MILE : PORTAGE TO PRESENT. THE WESTERN INLAND LOCK NAVIGATION CANAL PART II

The resettlement of the village after the American Revolution began when a Scottish immigrant, John Porteous, came to Little Falls in 1785.

Circa 1880’s Rufus Grider Pencil and Graphite Drawing: “Little Falls Rapids”

THE MAGNIFICENT MILE : PORTAGE TO PRESENT THE LITTLE CARRYING PLACE PART I

UNVEILING of the HISTORIC 1795 GUARD LOCK signage will take place on Thursday morning, on August the 10th at 11 am in Little Falls.

Crane's Tavern | The old stone tavern was built by William Alexander, son-in-law of John Porteous, and agent for the Ellice Estate, in 1808. | Photo c. early 1900s

Stag’s Head Tavern (formerly Crane’s Tavern)

On the 12th of July in 1812, Colonel Morgan, proprietor of the “Stag’s Head Tavern” (formerly Crane’s Tavern) entertained General Stephen Van Rensselaer and his officers on their way to the Canadian frontier. A sumptuous banquet was served followed by the usual toasts.”

JUNE 30, 1916, Lift Lock Celebration

ON JUNE 30, 1916, the Lift Lock Celebration began for the opening of Lock 17, the highest single lift in the Western Hemisphere at 40 ½ feet.