Town residents and local officials showed up in force Thursday to dedicate a new historic marker that celebrates the founding of a small Erie Canal village that went on to become the modern town of Pendleton.
The blue and yellow historic marker was placed near the site of Pendleton founder Sylvester Pendleton Clark's first log building at the Erie Canal portage he founded in 1821. Gaining the historic marker represents an important milestone as the town heads into its bicentennial era.
The marker, the product of research by late Town Historian Ben Sobczyk, was obtained partly through legislative efforts by Niagara County Legislator Tony Nemi.
Today, the town of Pendleton and its roughly 6,500 residents represent one of Western New York's fastest-growing communities.
Niagara County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow addressed Pendleton's community Thursday as town, county and state officials dedicated a historic marker that celebrates the founding of Pendleton. Looking on are State Sen. George D. Maziarz and County Legislator Tony Nemi.
A large crowd of Pendleton residents gathered at Uncle G's Ice Cream to witness the dedication of a nearby historic marker celebrating the 1821 founding of Pendleton Village, a small portage on the Erie Canal constructed before Lockport's Flight of Five opened the Canal to Albany-Buffalo traffic.