PENDLETON—Town residents and local officials showed up in force last Thursday to dedicate a new historic marker that celebrates the founding of a small Erie Canal village that went on to become the modern town of Pendleton.
The blue and yellow historic marker was placed near the site of Pendleton founder Sylvester Pendleton Clark's first log building at the Erie Canal portage he founded in 1821. Gaining the historic marker represents an important milestone as the town heads into its bicentennial era.
The marker, the product of research by late Town Historian Ben Sobczyk, was obtained partly through legislative efforts by Niagara County Legislator Tony Nemi, R-Lockport and Pendleton.
The Niagara Falls Reporter was pleased to see that among the local leaders there at the dedication was State Sen. George Maziarz who announced his retirement from the senate earlier this year.
The picture at the top of the page shows the town of Pendleton's new historic marker that celebrated its founding in 1821, when town founder Sylvester Pendleton Clark established a tiny portage along the Erie Canal and built his first structure. Today, the town of Pendleton and its roughly 6,500 residents represent one of Western New York's fastest growing communities. Dedicating the marker are, from left, Jim Sobczyk, son of late Town Historian Ben Sobczyk, Niagara County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow, Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, Town Clerk Terry Pienta, R-Pendleton, Councilman Ron Morrison, C-Pendleton, County Legislator Tony Nemi, R-Lockport and Pendleton, and Supervisor Jim Riester, D-Pendleton.