Episode 8: The First Ward


Sorry to disappoint–this episode is about the First Ward, NOT Old First Ward Brewing. (We’ll get there!) Regardless, this is our St. Patrick’s Day episode! So naturally, we’re talking about the Irish impact on Buffalo, and the neighborhood where they set their roots. Also we’re drinking Irish-style beers, so there’s that. (And no, not green beer.) Are you Irish? Who cares! Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s day.

Music: “Low Bridge” by the Rust Belt Brigade

Cover Photo: The Buffalo History Gazette


Map of Buffalo’s Wards

Fingy Conners:

What Troy thought he would look like:

Bill the Butcher, Gangs of New York

What he actually looked like:




Episode Outline

Here’s a book series that kept popping up during my research:

(Written by a local author!)

Thanks to:

Resurgence Brewing Co. 

(Haley drank the Irish Breakfast Ale)

Hamburg Brewing Co. 

Flying Bison Brewery

(Troy drank both of their Irish Reds)


Buffalo’s First Ward: A rich history and promising future. (2015, March 5). Retrieved from http://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalos-first-ward-rich-history-and-promising-future

Buffalo History Index. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://buffaloah.com

Buffalo St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/legacies/loc.afc.afc-legacies.200003383/

Dart’s Elevator. (n.d.) Retrieved on 2018, March 13 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dart%27s_Elevator

History of St. Patrick’s Day. (2009). Retrieved from https://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day

Padrone System. (n.d.) Retrieved on 2018, March 13 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padrone_system

The Dock Strike of 1899. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.wnyheritage.org/content/the_dock_strike_of_1899/index.html

The Irish Community of Buffalo and the Pan-American Exposition. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://library.buffalo.edu/pan-am/exposition/immigrants/irish.html

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