Depew, New York

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Depew is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 16,629 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is derived from Chauncey Mitchell Depew, the President of the New York Central Railroad and former US Senator.

The Village of Depew village extends across the boundary between the towns of Lancaster and Cheektowaga. The village lies on both sides of NY Route 78 (Transit Road), a major north-south route.

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Motto

"The Village of Unexcelled Opportunity"

History

The site of the future village was settled in 1808. Named after "Railman" Chauncey Depew, the Village was founded as it become a hub of rapid growth. Founded in 1892 as a rail center, the Village of Depew was incorporated on July 23, 1894. The Depew economy in the 19th century was based primarily on railroad-related industries, such as the Gould Coupler Company, manufacturers of knuckle-type railroad couplers.[1]

Depew also has a long-standing rivalry between themselves and Lancaster High School. This rivalry started back in 1919. The rivalry between has been strong and it is still a great battle between the smaller school versus the larger school despite the fact that Lancaster has won a majority of the games between the two rivals.

The poet Lucille Clifton was born and raised in Depew. She learned as a child to speak Polish as well as English.

Former Green Bay Packers QB, Don Majkowski was born and raised in Depew and attended Depew High School.

Barbara. A. Alberti is the current Mayor and the only woman elected to that position.

Geography

Depew is located at 42°54′42″N 78°42′6″W / 42.91167°N 78.70167°W / 42.91167; -78.70167 (42.911758, -78.701600)[2].

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