Historians To Pay Homage To Local Railroad Industry Leader During Picnic

An 1870 image of the Brooks Locomotive Works in Dunkirk, NY. 2019 marks the 150th Annirsary of Haratio Brooks taking over the locomtive works and a special lecture on the topic will take place Aug. 21 at Point Gratiot Park in Dunkirk, presented by the Chautauqua County Historical Society. Submitted image.

DUNKIRK – The Chautauqua County Historical Society’s annual picnic will honor the 150th Anniversary of a local railroad company that dates back to the 1800s.

The group will pay homage to Brooks Locomotive Works who operated out of Dunkirk and manufactured steam railroad locomotives and freight cars from 1869 until its merger into the American Locomotive Company in 1901.

The event will also feature lectures by local historians Roy Davis and Roger Schulenberg. The two will speak about the company’s founder, Horatio Brooks, the former chief engineer of the New York and Erie Railroad.

In addition to a significant economic contribution in Dunkirk, Brooks also served as mayor for three terms.

The presentation will take place immediately following the society’s annual picnic on Wednesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. at the large pavilion in Dunkirk’s Point Gratiot park.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. The group would like attendees to RSVP by Friday, August 16 by calling (716) 326-2977 or emailing cchs@mcclurgmuseum.org.

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