West, Long And Austin Lakes

How Austin Lake Got its Name

On May 7, 1833, the first settlers arrived at the north end of our lake, and immediately began to erect a log shanty for their living quarters.  Moses Austin and his fourteen-year-old son, Benjamin M. Austin, had traveled from the town of Pavillion, in Genessee County, New York, looking for a decent area to settle with their family.

After building a temporary shelter, Moses, Benjamin and their hired hand, Charles, set about erecting a one and one-half story building from "hewed logs" for their more permanent residence.  The home was nearly complete when Mrs. Austin, with their other son, William, arrived October 1, 1833. 

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