You can’t drive for more than a half-hour or so in Western New York without coming across something bearing the name of Joseph Ellicott. And with good reason.

The land surveyor was largely responsible for creating Western New York as it’s now known. An agent of Holland Land Co., Ellicott was sent to the region he referred to as “one huge forest and extended wilderness” after the company purchased the land in the late 1790s.

He had surveyed much of western Pennsylvania and helped to lay…






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