The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 1 Feb. 1825, page 2

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The subjoined account of the village of Buffalo is taken from one of their papers of last week, and certainly exhibits a very respectable population, and flattering prospects of future growth and improvement. During the past week, one of our most respectable citizens has been at the trouble of visiting every house, store and manufactory in this village, for the purpose of ascertaining its exact population, and collecting the other particulars comprised in the statistical table appended to that of Buffalo. .... From these statistical views we perceive that the population of Buffalo, although much greater than that of Black Rock (a circumstance readily accounted for from the fact of its earlier settlement, and having been made the seat of justice for the county) has only doubled in the space of about four years, which is equal to an annual increase of about 25 per cent--while that of Black Rock has more than doubled, or increased 150 per cent in one year. They also show that the absolute increase of population at Black Rock for the last year, when compared with that of Buffalo, is 2 to 1; and that its relative increase compared with their respective populations of the preceding years, is as about eight to one.


"2412 inhabitants, 308 heads of families, 9 physicians, 17 attornies, 51 carpenters and joiners, 40 cordwainers, 24 blacksmiths, 24 tailors, 19 masons and stone cutters, 19 tin and coppersmiths, 13 wheelwrights, 15 printers, 12 cabinet makers, 11 hatters, 11 tanners, 10 bakers, 7 goldsmiths, 7 painters, 6 saddlers, 4 chairmakers, 4 coopers, 3 tobacconists, 1 combmaker, 1 brushmaker.

232 dwelling houses, 26 dry goods stores, 35 grocery do, 1 hardware do. 4 druggist do. 3 [?] hat do. 6 shoe do. 7 clothing shops, 11 inns, 8 store houses, 3 printing offices, 2 bookstores, 2 binderies, 3 tanneries, 2 breweries, 4 common schools, and a bank, court house, light house, jail, reading room, library, episcopal church, presbyterian do., methodist do., baptist society, universalist do., masonic hall, theatre, young ladies' school, young gentlemen's academy, public market, ropewalk, livery stable, looking glass manufactory.

Shipping.-- Steam boat Superior, 6 schrs and one brig. 42 different vessels have entered and cleared the port, the last season. Arrivals and clearances 286 each. The number of inhabitants has doubled in the last 4 years, within the bounds of the corporation. At a rational calculation, the population of this village will double in the next four years."


Feb.1824 Feb.1825
Total no. inhabitants 414 1031
Heads of families 65 138
Physicians 1 2
Attornies 4 4
Painters 1 2
House carpenters 18 31
Ship do. 4 13
Caulkers and Sawyers 3 11
Butchers 2 6
Masons 4 10
Coopers 1 3
Dry Good stores 4 10
Groceries 6 14
Warehouses 3 3
Taverns 3 6
Boarding houses 1 2
Druggist stores 1 3
Printing office 1 1
Shoemakers shops 2 6
Taylors' do. 1 2
Hatters' do. 0 1
Blacksmiths' do. 2 5
Cabinet makers' do. 1 2
Watch Makers' do. 0 1
Bakery 1 2
Millineries 1 3
Burr millstone manufac'y 0 1
Clothing shops 1 2
Dwelling houses 61 103
Stores shops & offices 20 42

Shipping-- 1 schooner (the largest merchant vessel on the lake) of 135 tons. 4 other schooners carrying above 80 tons each. 2 steam boats, (1 of 300, and the other of 120 tons) on the stocks. 4 river boats, of about 30 to 40 tons each.

We have also been favored by one of the harbor agents, with the following particulars in respect to the Black Rock harbor....

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 1 Feb. 1825, page 2