The Holland Land Company – The Western Background


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Joseph Ellicott managed the 3.3 million-acre Holland Land Company tract that today is Western New York from this building in Batavia.  A large creek flows behind this building that – if Ellicott’s plan had been accepted by the early Canal Commission – would have been the headwaters for the Erie Canal West of Rochester.  Fortunately, the decision-makers chose a route that relied on Lake Erie Water directly instead (learn more).

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