Cheektowaga, New York. Otherwise known to some as "Cheektavegas." It's where the airport is. It's where Cleve-Hill is. The Galleria Mall is in Cheektowaga and maybe sinking? Or was that an urban legend? Anyway...
Cheektowaga holds a special place in Western New Yorkers' hearts, and beyond. It's commonly referenced in national sports broadcasts for its salt of the Earth perception and very unique name.
Did you know it's one of WNY's biggest suburbs? Around 90,000 people live in the town. According to the Town of Cheektowaga's official site:
Cheektowaga comes from the Erie-Seneca Indian word, Ji-ik-do-wah-gah, or “place of the crabapple tree.”
Just a little trivia for you.
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Relive the Glen Amusement Park and Casino
There are parts of Western New York that you never knew existed, and one of those places may be the Glen Amusement Park and Casino.
If you can’t remember an amusement park at this location in Williamsville, that may be because Harry Altman’s Glen Amusement Park and Casino, a center of attractions for western NYers, was destroyed by a massive fire September 1968. A fire destroyed the park in September 1968.
Thankfully, Ron Urban, who grew up in WNY and lived inside the Glen Amusement Park and Casino complex, has held onto photographs from as far back as 1946 when he lived in that childhood home, along the banks of Ellicott Creek and located below the falls.
Even if you weren't able to see the Glen Amusement Park and Casino in person, now you can relive the memory of this historic part of WNY -- all thanks to Ron Urban and the photographs he has kept over the years.