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Depew, New York

"The Village of Unexcelled Opportunity"
Location in Erie County and the state of New York
Location in Erie County and the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Erie
Towns Cheektowaga-Lancaster
Named for Chauncey Depew
 • Total 5.08 sq mi (13.15 km2)
 • Land 5.08 sq mi (13.15 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
673 ft (205 m)
 • Total 15,178 Decrease
 • Density 2,957.25/sq mi (1,141.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 716 Exchange: 683
FIPS code 36-20313
GNIS feature ID 0948333
Apollos Hitchcock
Apollos Hitchcock

Depew is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 15,303 at the 2010 census. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village is named for Chauncey Mitchell Depew (1892), the president of the New York Central Railroad and later a US senator (1899-1911) who was one of the original investors who bought the land for the village which was incorporated in 1894.

The 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.

Village residents voted on January 17, 2017 to not dissolve the Village of Depew into the Towns of Lancaster and Cheektowaga, by a margin of 3,006-1,165.


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).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.

Depew straddles the towns of Lancaster and Cheektowaga and is 11 miles (18 km) east of downtown Buffalo. Depew is bordered to the east by the village of Lancaster.


Part of the area that Depew currently inhabits was first settled in 1808 by Apollos Hitchcock, just north of Cayuga Creek on the main road that connected Buffalo (spelled as "Buffaloe" at the time) with Lancaster village in what was then Jukdowaageh (now Cheektowaga), which some say meant "land of the crab apple" or "land of fruit and flowers". The land had been bought and surveyed by the Holland Land Company.

The following is from Our County and Its People A Descriptive Work of Erie County New York, edited by Truman C. White:

"Depew lies partly in Lancaster and partly in the town of Cheektowaga, but its history is so thoroughly identified with the territory under consideration that it may properly be treated wholly within this chapter. It was named in honor of Chauncey M. Depew, president of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company, to which it owes its existence. That great corporation decided upon this site as a permanent location for its shops and auxiliary establishments, and on May 17, 1892, ground was broken. This was the signal for a general real estate boom in the vicinity. The great shops, covering about six acres, were first opened on April 1, 1893, with forty employees. Before the close of the year 1893 the following establishments had been completed or were well under way: The National Car Wheel Works, the Gould Coupler Company (occupying over six acres), and the Union Car Company (occupying about ten acres). The brass works were burned May 23, 1895, but immediately rebuilt. The first dwelling house was erected in April, 1893, and on May 1 of the same year John T. Lyman and George M. Beeman began the publication of the Depew Herald, which has had several proprietors, the present one being John T. Earl. In 1893 sixteen houses were erected, more than nine miles of plank sidewalk and 6,000 feet of sewers were laid, a fire company was organized, the New Palmer House by Alexander Stoddard and the Cleveland House by William Cleveland were built, and the water works were constructed by the Depew and Lancaster Water Works Company, of which Henry Koons was the first president.

On July 23, 1894, the village was incorporated, and the first officers elected August 21, were Dr. William Fairbanks, president; John Zurbrick, George Waltz and John Graney, trustees; Anthony Hartung, treasurer; Martin Kiefer, collector; J. N. Oswald, clerk. The corporate limits are about two and one-fourth miles square, and the population is about 2,800. In this year (1894) a hose company was organized, the plants of the Buffalo Cleaning and Dyeing Company and the Depew Brewing Company were established, the hardware store of Pratt & Matthews was opened, and the brick block of E. J. Durbin was erected. Union free school district No. 7, of Cheektowaga, taking in a part of the old district No. 4, Lancaster, was also organized, the first president being Franklin Zurbrick. At this time four schools were kept in the village. A brick school house was built on the south side in 1894-95 and another on the north side in 1895, each costing $10,000. The first principal was C. A. Walker. In 1894 the Depew Natural Gas Company was organized and began furnishing gas for lighting and fuel; three wells have been sunk on the north side. The Methodist Episcopal Society was organized July 6, 1894, with E. J. Durbin, B. C. Stoddard and A. W. Southall, trustees; an edifice was erected in 1895.

By February, 1895, the village had a population of 1,814, and by May about 500 dwellings had been erected and fwe large establishments were in operation employing 2,500 men. Transit Street was macadamized in this year, the German Lutheran church was built, and in December the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Emmaus Society was organized. A Roman Catholic church and an independent Polish Catholic church were erected in 1896. In 1893 a post-office was established with W. W. Turley as postmaster; he was followed by John Graney and he by Robert Hunter.

Depew has stations on the New York Central, the D., L. & W., the Erie and the Lehigh Valley Railroads; the latter constructed a branch direct to Tonawanda in 1895-96. The Depew Terminal Railroad was built from Depew to Blasdell in 1897. The Depew loop of the Buffalo, Bellevue & Lancaster Electric Railway was opened in 1894. Much of the growth of the village is due to the Depew Improvement Company, which donated the school, and church sites, and which was largely succeeded in 1897 by the Depew Syndicate, capitalized at $100,000."

Named after Chauncey Depew, the village was founded and it became 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.

In 1904, Quebec political figure William C. Clendinneng died in Depew after being hit by a train.

Depew High School has a long-standing rivalry, starting in 1919, with Lancaster High School. 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.

Historic places

The US Post Office—Depew contains a mural, Beginning of the Day, painted in 1941 by Anne Poor and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Federally commissioned murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 3,379
1910 3,921 16.0%
1920 5,850 49.2%
1930 6,536 11.7%
1940 6,084 −6.9%
1950 7,217 18.6%
1960 13,580 88.2%
1970 22,158 63.2%
1980 19,819 −10.6%
1990 17,673 −10.8%
2000 16,629 −5.9%
2010 15,303 −8.0%
2020 15,178 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 15,303 people, 6,832 households, and 4,625 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,282.0 people per square mile (1,266.4/km2). There were 7,101 housing units at an average density of 1,401.5 per square mile (540.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 93.70% White, 2.30% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 6,669 households, out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 22.0% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $57,895, and the median income for a family was $50,021. Males had a median income of $35,219 versus $25,604 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,914. About 3.6% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

According to the New York State Department of Health, residents of the Village of Depew report instances of psychosis and schizotypal personality disorder 28% higher than the statewide average and incidence of Alzheimer's disease 42% higher than the statewide average, adjusted for population.

Adjacent cities and towns


  • Depew hosts the Buffalo-Depew Amtrak station just inside its western border with Cheektowaga. The main train station for the Buffalo area, it is served by the Lake Shore Limited (Chicago to New York City/Boston), Maple Leaf (Toronto to New York City), and Empire Service (Niagara Falls, NY to New York City).
  • US 20.svg U.S. Route 20 (Transit Road, Broadway), U.S. Route 20 runs east-west; however, when entering te Village of Depew concurrent with NY 78 on Transit, it runs north-south. US 20 ends concurrency with NY 78 at Broadway and turns east to travel into the Village of Lancaster.
  • NY-78.svg New York State Route 78 (Transit Road), north-south route through Depew, runs concurrently with US 20 south of village.
  • NY-130.svg New York State Route 130 (Broadway), east-west roadway through the village from the Cheektowaga town line at the west to NY 130's end at Transit Rd. (US 20/NY 78). Broadway continues east into Village of Lancaster as US 20.
  • New York State Route 952Q (Walden Avenue), East-West highway through the village from Cheektowaga to Lancaster. Walden is the longest non-parkway reference route in New York. Walden's reference route number is not signed, but still has reference markers, and is maintained by New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as other signed routes are.

Notable people

  • Lucille Clifton, poet who was born and raised in Depew. She learned as a child to speak Polish as well as English.
  • Pat Dobson, former MLB pitcher was born in Depew and attended Lancaster High School
  • Dennis H. Gabryszak, New York state assemblyman
  • Don Majkowski, former Green Bay Packers quarterback, born and raised in Depew and attended Depew High School
  • B. John Tutuska, former Erie County Executive
  • Dale Volker, former New York state senator

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