Buffalo in 1910: ‘Gypsies escorted out of the city’

By Steve Cichon

After camping out near Elmwood and the city line in three canvas-covered wagons, 110 years ago today– July 7, 1910– “a band of gypsies” with 13 children, “10 monkeys, seven horses, and three bears” were escorted out of Buffalo by two mounted policemen.

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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.