Buffalo has a rich history. While some things are a given when you think of the Queen City, here are 10 facts about Buffalo you never knew were true…


1. Buffalo hosts the Largest Dyngus Day celebration in the U.S.

Most people probably don’t even know what Dyngus Day is, but guess what? We do! We’ve been celebrating pierogis and paczkis for all longer than anyone in the United States!


2. The Turkey Trot is the oldest continually run race in America (1896).

Each year, a bulk of our population gets up on Thanksgiving morning to run off the turkey before the L-Tryptophan even thinks about setting in. Dedication.


3. At one point in time, Buffalo had more millionaires per capita than any other city.

During the 1860s until the turn of the 19th Century, bankers and industrial leaders flocked to Buffalo. Most took residence on Delaware Avenue, which became known as Millionaires Row.


4. F. Scott Fitzgerald spent a bulk of his childhood here.

While we would like to think The Great Gatsby really took place in Buffalo, we can all feel honored that Fitzgerald walked the halls of our very own Nardin Academy.


5. Rick James was born and buried here.

“It’s a great town, but it’s a strange place.” Straight from the mouth of the King of funk.


6. We have several presidential ties.

President McKinley was assassinated at the Pan American Expo. President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in after McKinley’s assassination on Delaware Avenue. President Millard Fillmore began his career in East Aurora and even built his wife a house there that still stands to this day. First Lady Frances Cleveland was born in Buffalo.


7. We were the first American city to have streetlights.

In 1901, Niagara Falls’ hydroelectric power made it possible for Buffalo to have street lights used for dramatic effect at the Pan American Expo, thus the nickname, City of Light.


8. The air conditioner was invented in Buffalo.

We only need it about two months of the year, but when the temperatures hit 90 with humidity to match, we’re definitely thankful to Mr. Willis Carrier!


9. Grain Elevators started here.

In 1842, Joseph Dart invented the grain elevator and saved the backs of men across the globe.


10. At one point in time, Buffalo had more millionaires per capita than any other city.

During the 1860s until the turn of the 19th Century, bankers and industrial leaders flocked to Buffalo. Most took residence on Delaware Avenue, which became known as Millionaires Row.


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