Buffalo at War: big guns at the Broadway Market, 1918

By Steve Cichon


“The Great War,” World War I on display on Buffalo’s East Side in 1918 or 1919.

A mammoth coastal artillery gun is shown off at the then outdoor Broadway Market in an effort to attract donations to the Victory Loan campaign.

That’s Corpus Christi church in the background.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.