|Text on Button||BUFFALO NEW YORK SESQUICENTENNIAL PARADE 150 YEARS JUNE 6, 1982 Happy Birthday|
Red, white, and blue illustration of a two-tier cake that reads "Happy Birthday" in red cursive. Blue text runs both vertically and horizontally around the cake on white background.
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Buffalo, New York celebrated its Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) on June 6, 1982. Following the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, which led to increased commerce and population, the city was incorporated in 1832. At the time, Buffalo's population was around 9,000, which surged to 81,000 by 1850. Commemorative items from the Sesquicentennial celebration included mugs, plates, buttons and souvenir programs. A granite time capsule was carved with an image of a buffalo and engraved with the inscription "Sesquicentennial Time Capsule, 1832 - 1982" on the front and back. The time capsule is sealed and permanently located in downtown Buffalo in front of the City Court Building.