The earthquake that rumbled through Western New York yesterday was just one of several that have occurred in our history.  Curious about these quakes, we checked The Grosvenor Room’s Local History File (LHF) and learned that the earliest recorded quake was in 1857.  A citation on a card in the file led us to this article in an early newspaper, the Buffalo Morning Express:

The LHF is the Library’s most comprehensive resource for Buffalo research. It is an index to select local newspaper articles. References to books, vertical file materials, scrapbooks, and magazines are also included, and cover Buffalo and Erie County people, places, and events. Most citations date from 1930-1982, but some go back as far as the 1890s and as recent as this year.

The cards found under the subject “Earthquakes,” such as the one pictured above, reveal that noteworthy quakes also occurred in 1929 and 1944. 

Be sure to check out the Local History File on your next visit to the Grosvenor Room!

Source: Buffalo Morning Express, October 24, 1857: 1

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