About LewistonThe site of Niagara Falls some 12,000 years ago, the Lewiston area later was home to various tribes, including the Attawandaronk, Hopewell and Seneca, who landed their canoes here to portage around the deadly rapids and falls of the Niagara River. Though also the site of portages by explorers in the late 1600s, the area was not settled until 1796, when the British surrendered nearby Fort Niagara.
Named for Gov. Morgan Lewis, Lewiston quickly grew into a center of trade and transportation; a tramway built by the British is said to have become America's first railroad. Another of Lewiston's innovations is the cocktail, which was invented by a local tavern proprietress who mixed some gin and herb wine in a tankard and stirred the drink with the tail feather of a stuffed cock pheasant.
ShoppingDuty Free Americas, a tax and duty free store, is located in the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Plaza; phone (716) 284-9734.
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