Lake View, New York

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Lake View is a hamlet (but non-census-designated place) in Erie County, New York, USA. Lake View is in the Town of Hamburg.


It is about 17 miles (27 km) south of Buffalo along Lake Erie.

Lake View, NY in 1907

It is bounded by Eighteen Mile Creek on the south (so named for the distance of its mouth from Buffalo), Pleasant Ave. on the north, Lake Erie on the west and the Village of Hamburg on the east.

Lake View Hotel in 1908


Early settlers were Ebenezer Ames, Jacob Schoellkopf [1], a successful entrepreneur in the Western NY area and Ebenezer Walden,[1] a prominent Buffalo attorney and mayor whose family built the Lake View Hotel in 1880 to serve the many traveling salesmen who arrived on the seven daily trains on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway (later part of New York Central Railroad) to sell their wares in the surrounding countryside. The salesmen (called "drummers") would rent a horse and buggy from the livery stable behind the six-room hotel to make their rounds.

By 1890, two more railroads ran through Lake View - the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (the Nickel Plate Road) and the Pennsylvania Railroad[2] which brought economic prosperity to the small community. An electric trolley was also built called the Buffalo & Erie to facilitate travel to and from Buffalo and operated until the mid-1930s.

Lake View was the site of the creation by several attorneys from Buffalo of a summer resort colony called Idlewood in 1886, the Lake View Community Church[2] in 1889, Lake View School[3] in 1890, the Gatling Land Boom[4] in 1893, the Day Bicycle Factory [3] in 1895, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church [4] in 1921 and the Lake View Fire Association[5] in 1923.

During WWII, two young woman named Winifred Stadler and Rita Fierle produced a newsletter called the Lake View Local[6] which was sent to the town's men and women serving their country abroad.

Lake View, NY is also the Official home of the 6 time World Champion Moose Jaw Rockies of the Preston Ridlehuber Football League (P.R.F.L.) The home of Moose Jaw Central sits atop the cliffs overlooking Eighteen Mile Creek.

In the late 1950s, the Lake View Community Association produced a cookbook called "The ABC's of Cooking"[7] which contained many favorite tried and true recipes from the town's residents.

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  1. ^ "Ebenezer Walden". The Buffalonian. 2001. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Lake View, New York". Western New York Railroad Archive. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Lake View School Reunion 1993". 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  4. ^ Andrle, Chris (2008). "The Gatling Land Boom of 1893". Buffalo Local History. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  5. ^ "A Pictorial History of the LAKE VIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE ASSOCIATION". 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Lake View Local". Lake View Times. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  7. ^ "The ABC's of Cooking". 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 

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Coordinates: 42°42′40″N 78°56′09″W / 42.71111°N 78.93583°W / 42.71111; -78.93583