Introduction to Tonawanda, New York
Tonawanda, New York, in Erie county, is 6 miles W of Amherst, New York and 9 miles N of Buffalo, New York. The city is conveniently located inside the Buffalo- Niagara Falls metropolitan area. There are an estimated 16,136 people in Tonawanda.
Henry Anguish was the first European settler in Tonawanda. He built a log house for himself in 1808, followed by a tavern in 1811. Growth was slow until the Erie Canal opened in 1825. The two Tonawandas located on either side of the Tonawanda Creek got excellent economic opportunity from the lumber industry and went on to become leaders in lumber processing in the late 19th century. Tonawanda eventually achieved cityhood in 1904.
Tonawanda and nearby Attractions
- Beaver Island State Park
- Delaware Park
- Historical Society of the Tonawandas
- Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
- Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
- Niagara Aerospace Museum
Things To Do In Tonawanda
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has an excellent collection of modern art. Those who are interested in the history of the area should visit the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, which has exhibits displayed within a railroad station that was built in 1886. Martin's Fantasy Island offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
Niagara Falls International Airport is nearby.
Tonawanda Higher Education
SUNY College, Canisius College and D'youville College provide facilities for higher education.