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Home > Our City > Buffalo My City > Buffalo My City Watercolors > 16-A The Buffalo Evening News (1991)

16-A The Buffalo Evening News (1991)

Narrative by - David M. Rote
(Narratives are copyrighted)

Founded in 1880 as a daily paper and long associated with the Edward H. Butler family, the current Buffalo News, formerly the Buffalo Evening News, has been located at the corner of Washington and Scott Streets since 1973. For over 90 years, The News was published at 218 Main Street, now the site of the Marine Midland Center.

Designed by New York architect Edward D. Stone, the five-story rectangular building has 150,000 square feet of space. The recessed first and fifth floors and a tropical garden extending in a 36-foot square from the fourth-floor level to skylights atop the fifth floor are unique aspects of this modern nerve center of area journalism.

A fleet of News delivery trucks await the next edition which will be distributed throughout the Western New York area. A reflection of Buffalo's Naval Park (see 18-A) may be discerned in the Scott Street glass entrance doors. Some of Buffalo's oldest 19th century industrial and warehousing facilities, including Buffalo's last blacksmith shop, still stand to the south of Scott Street, complete with their original cobblestone streets and between them is the site of the old Lehigh Valley freight yards and passenger terminal.

Buffalo's newspapers have been an integral part of the lives of its citizens since 1811, when the Salisbury brothers published their Buffalo Gazette. From 1869 to 1871, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) lived in Buffalo and was editor of the Morning Express which was founded in 1846. Throughout the 19th century, many papers came and went, including many foreign language newspapers. By the time of the First World War, there were six English-language daily newspapers including the Courier, News, Express, Commercial, Times and Enquirer. The Courier and the Express merged in 1926 and the paper was guided by the W.J. Conners family for many years. Today, only the Buffalo News remains.

Buffalo is one of the most important printing and publishing centers in the United States and the printing industry is one of the area's largest employers. Reader's Digest, People Magazine, Time Magazine, along with the color "funnies" of newspapers across the country, are printed here. Harlequin Books is headquartered in Buffalo as well as Prometheus Books, both publishing to an international readership.