The Biography of inventor Birdsill Holly

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Event Date(s): Sun, 05/21/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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Franklinville Inventor Birdsill Holly

The Allegany Area Historical Association will meet on Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 25 North Second Street, Allegany to hear Maggie Frederickson talk about her new book, a biography of the inventor Birdsill Holly. 

Mr. Holly was one of the most prolific inventors of the 19th century.  His inventions of district steam heat, the rotary pump and the Holly System of Direct Pressure Water Supply for Cities, Towns and Villages were among his almost 100 patents.  He is considered the inventor of the modern fire hydrant as we know it today.  He was the first inventor to receive a patent for an idea.  A fascinating and controversial character, he was a genius born ahead of his time.  Holly was a visionary and his inventions saved countless lives and greatly benefitted mankind.

Maggie and her husband, Bruce, have been the Town Historians for Franklinville since 2000.  There will be copies of her book for sale at the meeting, which is free and open to the public. 

For more information on this event please visit https://www.facebook.com/AlleganyHeritageCenter

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Allegany Heritage Center
25 N. Second St.
Allegany, NY 14706
United States
Phone: 716-372-2918
42° 5' 37.8708" N, 78° 29' 52.5444" W
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Meaning of the word Cattaraugus

CATTARAUGUS, from a Seneca Indian word meaning “bad smelling banks,” referring to the odor of natural gas leaking from rock seams. http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/pdfs/countynames.pdf

The word "Cattaraugus" means "foul-smelling river bank." This name is a result of the natural gas that oozes from the river mud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattaraugus_Creek.

In our opinion, only some of the river banks are bad smelling. Come on over and visit a creek in Cattaraugus County and tell us what you think.

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