In a letter to President William McKinley dated April 5, 1898, famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley offered up an interesting service. The United States was on the cusp of a war with Spain. In case a war was to break out, Oakley offered the government the service and expertise of 50 “lady sharpshooters” who would also provide their own arms and ammunition. McKinley did not accept her offer.
The town was first built by Dutch settlers in the mid-17th century. It was the Wild West three-and-half centuries ago -- traders and tradesmen on the far frontier of Colonial America, living in an uneasy balance with the diverse Iroquois.