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Community Introduction

Neuter and Erie Indians were the first to inhabit Tonawanda, who named the land after the swift current of the Niagara River, or so it is believed. French missionaries and explorers began to move to the area in the 1600s; soon after traders, settlers and military members followed, creating an important crossroads in the westward expansion of the country. The British captured the territory in 1759, which eventually became a part of the U.S. After completely burning down in the War of 1812, the Erie Canal was built in the 1820s, which brought in new workers and settlers. The canal linked Lake Erie to the Hudson River allowing for more traffic and trade in Tonawanda.

Community Introduction

The village of Kenmore was incorporated from part of Tonawanda in 1899. Louis Eberhart, known as “Father Kenmore,” bought up farmland and then subdivided it into suburban developments, creating the village.

Today Kenmore, along with the Town of Tonawanda, boasts a population of 73,488 with real property valued at over $2 billion. With close proximity to Buffalo and the Canadian border it is a small town with big city amenities. Industrial and commercial businesses are booming, while quiet residential neighborhoods are home to new families, retirees and everything in between. Whether you are just visiting, locating your business here or making Kenmore or the Town of Tonawanda your new home, the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce welcomes you!

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