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Time capsule found at Roosevelt Plaza

This week workers uncovered a buried time capsule as they were digging up part of the 500-block of Main Street. While the contents of the capsule are not yet know, the box has been delivered to City Hall in order to examine the innards. It was contractor Mark Cerrone’s team that first unearthed the find. Apparently the contents were extremely fragile, which meant that it was tough to visibly see any sort of markings or date inside. The discovery was uncovered when workers moved “The Hiker” sculpture off of its base at Roosevelt Plaza to relocate it while they finish the sidewalks.


Since the contents of the time capsule are not yet known, we’re asking BRO readers if they can venture a guess as to what is inside the box. If it was buried around the same time that the Metro Rail project was added to Main Street, or Roosevelt Plaza, then that might give us an approximate date to go by. Or whenever ‘The Hiker” was added after that. So what’s your guess?



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • SaveUsFrom

    an American flag from the spanish american war era?  Documents related to the spanish american war? A book [looks like a book is in the uncovered box] on the spanish american war?

  • Stateofmind

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (too soon?)

  • foreverbflo

    Rolling papers? 
    The Buffalo Green Code? 
    My TV Remote Control perhaps?   I knew it! I F knew it!

  • 300miles

    Talking Proud buttons

  • Rob Eimer

    That’s funny, I literally walked right past this this morning. Didn’t really think twice about it. The hiker statue was moved over to that little triangle next to Genesee, I thought it was a weird place for a statue, but that was about it. Then walking past it again, that concrete base part was getting lifted on to a truck. Wish I had known history was being discovered right next to me!

  • OldFirstWard

    Why take it to City Hall?  They will probably demo the box by mistake. Does Byron Brown have a press conference scheduled?
    My guess is the box contains the admittance list for City Honors.   
    Take it to the History Museum or Buffalo State art restoration department.

  • OldFirstWard Too old for that.  It’s the code for admittance to Hutch Tech.

  • 300milesWhammy Weenies, and unopened packages of NHL Action Stamps from Loblaws.

  • buffloonitick

    directions to Jimmy Hoffa?

  • whateverr

    Dan Blather  
    If whoever chose the contents had clairvoyance about what we’d need to know in 2014 … 
    List of fully acceptable District names & bounds?  
    Acceptable abbreviations for handwritten signs (“groc’s”, etc)?  
    Recommended typeface fonts? 
    Where it’s ok for highways to be put, once highways are inevitably invented?
    How many decades each building should have to be kept around?

  • OldFirstWard  
    just a guess here, but maybe the box is legally the property of the city.
    it seems like time capsules are prepared and buried with great fanfare and always turn out to be a disappointment when opened.  looks like a hefty amount of mildew in this one.

  • hockeyhips83

    grad94 OldFirstWard  well, back when this one was buried, people either didn’t have the means to properly protect deterioratable products or just didn’t think to take such measures. I remember in elementary school, in the late eighties we put one behind the school (i’m sure there’s more than one though) everything was properly wrapped in some material or individually in a air tight(or at least as much air could get out) ziplock bag.  
    Certainly agree with OFW though, this should have been take to Science Museum, or The Albright Knox Art Gallery where they have professionals who would be able to properly assess the contents with out destroying them.  
    I could see stepniak or brown poking through it and watching everything fall to pieces. 
    the discovered contents should be photographed, and with these photos & story posted to

  • MichaelJarosz

    S&H stamps

  • BuffaloRox

    Dan Blather demo’d parts of Green Lightning

  • MichaelJarosz Hens & Kelly was close by, after all.

  • hockeyhips83

    Just hope queenseyes makes sure to update what is found inside

  • Nickel City Nick

    The stars on the flag appear to be one-above-the-other, instead of the staggered pattern we use now.  As far as I know, the only time since the Spanish-American War that the stars have lined up that neatly was when there were 48 states, which was between 1912 and 1959.

  • HP MegaVeg

    It belongs to the City, and I expect that proper conservators will be brought in to document and preserve the contents, if they are with preserving. I really get sick of you f*ing cynics.