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City of Tonawanda NY

The City of Tonawanda is located in the Northwest corner of Erie County in Western New York. It is located directly along the Niagara River and was the original terminus for the historic Erie Canal. Originally, the area was included as part of the Town of Tonawanda and then in 1904, it incorporated as the City of Tonawanda.

What does "Tonawanda" mean?

The name was passed down from local aboriginal people and means “swift waters” referencing the mighty Niagara river which provides the border between the US and Canada. 


  • The Tonawanda Kardex Lumbermen had a brief one-game stint in the NFL which they lost with a final score of 45-0.
  • In 1904, Mark Twain’s Diary of Adam and Eve describes Tonawanda as the location the couple moved to after being removed from the Garden of Eden (aka Niagara Falls Park).
  • “The Castle” was originally built for the New York National Guard as the Tonawanda Armory. It was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1994.
  • Tonawanda was a very prominent manufacturing and shipping point along the Erie Canal. Lumber was the largest commodity and in the late 1800’s, the Tonawandas were known as the World’s Largest Lumber Port.
  • The Erie Canal originally ran right down what is now known as Niagara St. 

"The Tonawandas"

The City of Tonawanda has close historical relationships with the Town of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. It was a part of each before it’s own incorporation in 1904. North Tonawanda is often referred to as the “Sister City”. Gateway Harbor is a park shared between North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda, including the Canal.

 Collectively, the City of Tonawanda, Town of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda are often referred to as “The Tonawandas”. 

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