Perry St. (N); Smith St. (E); Buffalo River (S); Illinois St (W).
Valley Community Association 93 Leddy Street
Old First Ward Community Center
62 Republic Street
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Until the 1960s, Buffalo was first in the world for grain refining. Now aging elevators await their fate.
The Old First Ward was settled in the nineteenth century by Irish immigrants who worked in the local coal and lumber yards, and most notably the grain elevators along the Buffalo River. Small houses line streets with such names as Alabama, Louisiana, and Ohio.
The Irish-American population went to St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Church and school on the corner of Fulton and Louisiana Streets. After St. Bridget's was demolished, the neighborhood's spiritual center became Our Lady of Perpetual Help on O'Connell Avenue.
Today the neighborhood is in transition as its ethnic population diversifies.
Saint Stephens Roman Catholic Church
Saint Claire Roman Catholic Church
Saint Valentines School
Saint Francis School
Catholic Charities of Buffalo
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
Mc Carthy’s Restaurant
Morrisey Irish Pub
Photographs with "4" in lower right by David Freundschuh and Olivia Christman, who also supplied portions of the text.
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David J. Bertuca, Map Librarian
Last modified: 21 March 2011 djb