History of Niagara County, New York

This work offers history and perspectives on people and places in the history of Niagara Country, New York, including the War of 1812, the Underground Railroad, historic Lockport, celebrities such as Jack London and Belva Lockwood. It doesn’t focus exclusively on the city of Niagara Falls itself, but includes Lockport, North Tonawanda, and the other towns and villages in the County. Includes rare photographs.


“Mr. Kostoff’s folkloric history brings the skills of an accomplished journalist to bear on creating connections between events, trends and long standing mysteries that abound in Niagara County. . . .One of the most helpful contributions of this book is the detailed identification, description and interpretation of historic corners which is later followed by a thorough explanation of the founding towns and villages of Niagara County. Resident readers of the twelve towns and five villages will want this history of Niagara county on their coffee table for ready reference, and school children of all areas as well as teachers will find it an invaluable tool. . . . It will go a long way toward a new level of understanding and appreciation of the rich Niagara Heritage.”
– H. William Feder,
Retired Country Legislator and former Niagara County Historian

“He has put together an astonishing collection of facts. The intensive research has produced a complex tale both interesting and, at times, compelling. . . . a noteworthy work.”
– Robert W. Nichols,
Retired journalist

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction
Foreword by Don Glynn
1. The War of 1812 on the Niagara Frontier
2. War of 1812 Creates Refugees
3. The Patriot’s War
4. The Morgan-Masonic Affair
5. Jack London Views the Falls
6. The Corners of Niagara County
7. Treasure Hunting in Niagara County
8. The Underground Railroad
9. Historical Happenings in Niagara Falls
10. Villages and Hamlets of Niagara County
11. Historical Happenings in Lockport
12. Crime and Criminals in Niagara County
13. Historical Happenings in North Tonawanda
14. Hands Across the County

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