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THE HIDDEN HISTORY BENEATH OUR FEET

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BUFFALO’S SIDEWALK MARKERS

One of my favorite things about living on Buffalo’s West Side is the number of sidewalk markers you see on our streets and sidewalks. I know that sounds mundane, but in Buffalo, NY our sidewalk markers are anything but! Around every corner you’ll find these decorative bronze imprints giving spirit and character to our communities.

Over the last year, I’ve taken numerous neighborhood walks not only looking up but, yes, also looking down at the pavement. Walking is one thing I do to keep centered, and I always keep an eye out for new, undiscovered sidewalk markers. The markers convey the rich history of our city, reminding us that even pouring pavement is a lost art.

And, as a historian at heart, I’m always sure to take my trusty iphone along to record my findings. Check out this awesome gallery – you can click on each image to enlarge in a lightbox.

According to Preservationist John Maxfield Hague, there were at least thirty-seven sidewalk companies who used the plates, most dating from 1885-1920. Some, like Crescent Paving Company are found repeatedly, while others are rare and you may only find one in the whole city. Many markers have likely been lost with time due to Buffalo’s harsh winters, ill-advised urban renewal, and theft. To my knowledge, a full survey of these hidden landmarks has yet to be taken.

For more on Buffalo’s sidewalk markers, check out Buffalo Rising’s cool feature on collector Gary Guadagnos.

Do you know more about Buffalo’s sidewalk markers? Drop us a line – we’d love to learn more.

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If you dig cool off-the-beaten path histories like Buffalo’s sidewalk markers, you’ll probably dig Buffalo Bike Tours guided history and food tours. Visit our kiosk, hop on our bikes, and join one of our daily bike tours.

Our Buffalo history tours bring the city’s past to life through unforgettable stories, songs, humor, and local insight. Or, consider taking one of our Buffalo food tours, where we take you to some of Buffalo’s best kept secret foodie places – from chicken wing joints to new pop-up restaurants.

Be sure to also check out our Team Building Activity Tours for a private tour experience – or do a tour on your own with one of our Buffalo bike rentals and self-guided tours of Buffalo.

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